Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has been identified as one of the implementing partners of an E-waste management project being undertaken by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MOHEST) and Ministry of Environment and Mineral Recourses (MEMR).
The project is a collaboration between the two ministries and University of Northampton of the United Kingdom. It will be implemented through local universities. As a key stakeholder, JKUAT and Taita Taveta University College will work closely with the University of Northampton in matters of training skilled manpower in e-waste management.
Hosting a delegation from the partners on Monday January 21, 2013, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga acknowledged that e-waste management has been a great concern and reiterated the need for sustainable solutions which safeguard the environment on which basis the University works closely with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
Other ICT operators who will be working with the project are Hewlett-Parkard (HP), Dell, Nokia, Samsung and Phillips. Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Professor Esther Kahangi said JKUAT has a vibrant Community Liason office which will be utilized to cascade the e-waste management solutions to the community who consume various ICT materials.
Addressing the consultative meeting, Robert Truscott of Northampton University said they are keen to work with JKUAT to facilitate knowledge transfer on effective and efficient e-waste management, borrowing from the practices in United Kingdom based university.
The initiative is in tandem with JKUAT’s heightened bid to actualize ISO 14001: 2004 certification on Environmental Management System (EMS).