The Juja sub-county security agencies, business women as well as Boda bodas operating around the JKUAT main campus in Juja have received a boost in their quest to ward off Coronavirus, following donations of branded sanitizers, facemasks and reflective jackets made by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Thursday, August 6, 2020.
Speaking before receiving the donations at Juja Sub-county Police Station, Deputy County Commissioner, Mr. Charles Murithi, underscored the significance of JKUAT in Juja, during the function also attended by Deputy Sub-county Police Commander, Pixley Musyoki, Sub-county Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer, Richard Mwaura, and Juja Sub-County CIPU Commander, Ms. Lydia Macharia.
“We value this University, without it, we could not be here,” said Mr. Murithi, and further appreciated the collaboration between the sub county security agents and the University as demonstrated during various security stakeholders meetings held since 2019, aimed at ensuring the Juja community conducted their activities in a secure environment.
Mr. Murithi recollected that during meetings co-chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, Prof. Bernard Ikua, the stakeholders were able to address several challenges because of the cooperation.
He expressed his desire “to work together for the good of the students.” He requested the University to support the Juja sub-county office by complementing its greening efforts through provision of tree seedlings.
In his remarks prefacing the handing over of sanitizers and facemasks, Prof. Ikua, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, underscored the role of JKUAT as a leading training and research institution whose mandate requires close collaboration and partnership with the local community.
Prof. Ikua informed the gathering that since the advent of Covid-19 pandemic, JKUAT had developed several products and innovations including ventilators, sanitizers, face masks, contact tracing and Covid-19 prediction system among other innovations.
Some of the outputs, he noted, were currently being used by the Ministry of Health in providing important information and guidance in the fight against the Covid-19 disease infection in Kenya.
“This visit is part of the University’s corporate social responsibility and outreach to enhance collaboration with the University’s valued stakeholders and the local community through hygiene products. We have come with sanitizers, facemasks to share with you, so that you can protect yourself against the coronavirus,” Prof. Ikua stated.
He acknowledged the existing good relations between the University and the police and reiterated the need to work more closely in areas of mutual concern to the university and local community.
Prof. Ikua was accompanied by Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs) and Prof. Jackson Kwanza (Finance), both appreciated the Juja Police for working with the University to ensure students and staff were secure and safe, a fact echoed by JKUSA President, Abdulahi Somo Mubarak.
Sub-county Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer, Richard Mwaura thanked the University for sharing masks and sanitizers, noting the hygiene products will help to protect the officers against the coronavirus infection.
He revealed that the security organs and the University’s security department through is engaged in discussions on how they can jointly enhance their collaboration by working together.
Students’ leaders led by Mr. Mubarak, Dean of Students, Dr. Rev. Wakaba and Prof. Kinyua spearheaded another initiative at the University main entrance in distributing sanitizers, masks, and branded reflector jackets to representatives of Boda boda operators plying between designated sections outside the university, namely Gate A, A1, B and C.
Mr. Vincent Ombati, the Chairman, Gate C Boda Boda operators, conveyed his gratitude on behalf of his counterparts to JKUAT, for minding their safety and pledged “to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring the boda boda operators enhanced peace and security in the sector.” The boda bodas received 100 masks and sanitizers, in addition to CUE-branded reflective jackets.
Women at Juja market could not hide their joy when Registrar (Administration), Dr. Rose Ndegwa, Chief Security Officer, Samuel Kamande and students made a stopover to distribute sanitizers and face masks to the business community including Mama mbogas, who thanked JKUAT for the donations.