Residents of Nandi County are poised to reap huge benefits in agriculture, education and capacity building, information, communication and technology, engineering and service delivery among others, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Nandi County Government.
Speaking during the function at JKUAT Main Campus, Juja, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Deputy Governor, Nandi County, Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot, said, the Nandi County Government Administration is an embodiment of the county’s demographics of a youthful population and the county administration was under obligation to seek solutions that address their expectations and needs.
“We are a young administration and about 60 per cent of the County population is made up of women and the youth. We are trying to craft solutions that will address the concerns of this young and restive population,” she said.
“We have come to firm up our commitment focusing on serving the people of Nandi County. We are happy that in JKUAT, we have a partner who has been in the field for a while. As a county, we are not short of human resource capacity. But our challenge is to place our human resource at the right place. This, if we get it right, we will be good to go,” observed Dr. Cheruiyot.
The Deputy Governor who represented the Governor, led the her delegation of County officials, enumerated the various areas where the county government was seeking support from JKUAT expertise, ranging from Agriculture to boost research and breeding systems, education and capacity building aimed at equipping staff with modern cutting edge ICT skills for service delivery, engineering and physical planning using GIS.
She outlined her county government’s plans to promote and encourage smart agriculture in the county’s efforts to encourage youths to embrace agriculture. Dr. Cheruiyot stated that Nandi County was also working on programmes to empower the women and she was impressed that JKUAT was already on the ground doing significant work to empower women across various counties in Kenya.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga who was flanked by her Deputies Prof. Romanus Odhiambo(Academic Affairs Division), Prof. Victoria Ngumi (Administration Division), Prof. Mary Abukutsa (Research, Production and Extension Division), lauded the County Government of Nandi for choosing to partner with JKUAT.
“We are pleased and ready to work with you in the areas you have expressed interest. We are strong in virtually all the areas you have mentioned,” said Prof. Imbuga. She also informed the delegation about the institution’s efforts to empower the mango farmers in Makueni County through value addition and agribusiness. “The farmers are now reaping big benefits in terms of value addition and the impact is big.”
The Vice Chancellor gave a roundup of various projects supported by JKUAT experts such as the Galana Kulalu project; water harvesting from fog in Kajiado County, where researchers are helping the residents to tap water from the fog for domestic use; soap making training, animal feeds, among many other solutions aimed at wealth creation and the improvements of livelihoods in the counties.