Directorate of National Cohesion and Values Urge Academia to Foster National Integration

Ambrose Biketi delivers his lecture

The Directorate of National Cohesion and Values under the Executive Office of the President, spearheaded a sensitization exercise among members of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Management and the Senate as part of the government’s initiative to foster national unity and uphold fundamental principles of governance in Kenya.

The sensitization forum was aimed at igniting a deeper appreciation for indispensable aspects of national cohesion, core values and principles that promote effective governance among JKUAT Senators for societal transformation.

Mr. Ambrose Biketi from the Executive Office of the President, Directorate of National Cohesion and Values, spearheaded the sensitization exercise on Thursday, July 13 2023 at JKUAT where he emphasized that a united nation that embraces diversity as a source of strength, is better equipped to navigate complex challenges of a dynamic society.

Mr. Biketi underscored the important role of integrity, justice and compassion as the vitals of ethical governance.

Speaking about national values, Mr. Biketi stated that “National values are beliefs of a nation guiding the attitudes, actions and behavior of its citizens, whie Principles of Governance are normative standards that oblige the state to perform its functions in a manner that promotes the general well-being of the people.

By fostering an all-inclusive environment based on national values, Mr. Biketi noted that learning institutions can nurture transparency, accountability and participatory decision-making processes, all of which are the basis of effective leadership.

“National Values and Principles of Governance provide the minimum standard that public officers should observe in their interactions and provision of services to the citizenry,” he said.

In his presentation titled, Understanding National Values and Principles of Governance, Mr. Biketi gave highlighted the 17 National Values and Principles of Governance, illustrating the specific roles that organizations are expected to play in promoting national values and principles of governance.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said, “National cohesion and integration encompasses unity, equality, freedom, democracy, absence of war, social justice and the rule of law.”

Prof. Ngumi further stated that JKUAT places high priority on the mainstreaming of the national values and principles of governance in policy and operational contexts.

“JKUAT Management commits to promote national cohesion and national values in our Performance Contract. The University also submits reports that form part of the Annual President’s Report on the measures taken and the progress made in the realization of the national values codified in the Constitution,” said Prof. Ngumi.

The Vice Chancellor revealed that the University has nominated a committee on National Cohesion & National Values, whose aim is to sensitize the University community.

The 9-member committee at JKUAT is led by Mr. Anderson Mwenda of the Directorate of Planning, Performance Contracting and Appraisal.

Dr. Tabitha Mereipei Nasieku, a member of the University’s National Cohesion & National Values Committee, made a presentation on the university’s contribution to national harmony.

JKUAT Management led by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi (front third from right) in a commemorative photo with the University’s committee on National Cohesion & National Values and Ambrose Biketi 

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