IGRTC and JKUAT explore areas of collaboration

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi (right) and IGTRC Vice Chair, Saadia Kantona during the meeting.

The Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC) held fruitful discussions with the Management of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

Speaking during a courtesy call to the JKUAT  Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, IGRTC officials led by the Vice Chairperson, Ms. Saadia Kontoma, said, IGRTC team was happy to engage JKUAT with a view to explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration in various thematic areas.

The Vice Chair stated that “collaboration provided one of the ways that the two can work together “to inspire cooperation in the country.”

She said, the constitution envisages two levels of governance at national and county level, and further explained the philosophy underpinning the establishment of IGRTC, its functions, including resolution of disputes arising between the two levels of government (national and county) through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism.

On her part, the IGRTC Chief Executive Officer, Agnes Muthoni Ndwigah, an alumna of JKUAT, explained that “IGTRC was created by an Act of Parliament IGR 2012 to establish a framework for consultations and cooperation between the national and county governments.”

IGRT and JKUAT teams explore areas of collaboration

She added that “to achieve constitutional requirement of cooperation and consultation between and amongst the governments, various intergovernmental structures had been established,” including the National and County Government Coordinating Summit (The Summit), Council of County Governors (The Council), Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGTRC) among others.

Ms. Muthoni noted that the Constitution envisages two levels of government to work in a consultative and cooperative manner, with the Summit providing a forum for consultation and cooperation on matters related to respective mandates of the National government and County governments.

The CEO noted that part of the work of the Secretariat was advisory to the Summit forum and she encouraged the University to identify issues that IGTRC could escalate to the Summit organ for intervention.

“It is through the advisory role that the agency is here at JKUAT and keen to establish common areas we can explore for collaboration,” she stated.

IGRTC‘s thematic team leaders present at the meeting shared their specific mandate areas, such as asset and liabilities, policy and legislation, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, audit controls, among others.

While welcoming the IGRTC team to JKUAT, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, noted that her team had learned a lot and gained useful insights on the work of IGRTC and confirmed the university’s readiness to work with the state agency.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi (right) receives a gift from IGTRC Vice Chair, Saadia Kantona

The Vice Chancellor who was accompanied by her Deputies; Prof. Jackson Kwanza (Research, Production and Extension) and Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs), outlined potential areas of collaboration, citing training and capacity building, research, agriculture among other areas.

She said, “JKUAT offers quality training in diverse fields and has researchers is committed to work with IGTRC for the good of the country” reiterating the enthusiasm and dedication of JKUAT professors and researchers in contributing to offering solutions to various challenges.

The two sides agreed to expedite efforts aimed at developing a draft framework that will concretize their collaboration aspirations.

The meeting participants made a clarion call to JKUAT students and researchers to take a keen interest in devolution issues and conduct research studies that will inform policy and strengthen devolution and constitutionalism in Kenya.

Dr. Karanja Kabare and Dr. Kihonge both from the College of Human Resource Development, beside coordinating the collaboration discussions, also gave insightful contributions at the meeting.

JKUAT and IGRTC teams after holding COLLABORATION discussions at JKUAT

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