Universities in Kenya have been reminded to be proactive in tackling the many challenges that were undermining Kenya’s development programme. Bob Collymore, Safaricom’s Chief Executive Officer is of the view that the country’s universities were not doing enough to address some of the pressing challenges that were increasingly condemning many more Kenyan’s to misery citing last years’ prolonged drought and famine that led to the suffering of millions of Kenyans.
Speaking at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology at a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between Safaricom Ltd and the University, Collymore was of the view that researchers at universities were best suited to provide lasting solutions to the prevalent food security menace in the country. He recalled last year’s ‘Kenya for Kenya’ initiative that brought together the country’s private sector and individual citizenry, successfully stemming the rising famine. Together he said ‘we make a difference’.
The CEO said his company was aware it could achieve little alone saying that the partnership with JKUAT had produced positive contributions to the wellbeing of the two organizations. Safaricom is happy to contribute to the education and training needs of competent telecommunications engineers for the local and international market. We believe the future of our industry depends largely on the ability and quality of staff we engage’.
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga told the meeting the MoU between the two institutions was being strengthened at an appropriate time when JKUAT was actively pursuing a policy of transforming the University from a teaching to a more research based University. ‘This will require that our researchers have access to modern facilities to enhance their research ability which your company will facilitate under the agreement’. The Vice Chancellor informed the gathering that JKUAT had worked out a scheme that will allow highly experienced professional to teach at the University as adjunct professors. ‘I encourage engineers from Safaricom Ltd to take advantage of this development’.