JKUAT participate in Inaugural Kiambu County Clean up Exercise

Staff and Students take part in the clean up exercise.

The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in partnership with Kiambu County, embarked on a clean-up exercise   around the university and its environs in Juja town in an effort to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment in the county.

The inaugural cleaning up exercise that took place Friday, February, 24, started in the morning to noon, saw JKUAT management, staff and students clean several places within and outside the University.

According to the Kiambu Governor, H.E. Kimani Wamatangi, the cleaning exercise seeks to encourage County staff and residents to maintain a clean and healthy environment through the initiative dubbed; ‘Mazingira Bora, Jukumu Letu.’

The Governor said the initiative targets roadsides, bus stages, public parks and urban centers and involve garbage collection, unblocking drainage systems and sweeping across all the 12 Kiambu sub counties.

In his message to various stakeholders ahead of the exercise that is set to be conducted every last Friday of the month, Governor Wamatangi urged all Kiambu County residents to take participate and make the initiative more sustainable.

Another group of staff unclog drainage culverts around the University

With the accumulation of a significant amount of litter causing harm for years to the environment, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance), Prof. Bernard Ikua lauded Kiambu County for launching the clean-up drive, noting that there was need for concerted efforts geared towards conserving the environment while fostering good waste disposal.

“This exercise comes at a critical time when our country is facing drought. It is therefore upon us to act and take part in this activity that will be instrumental in preventing further pollution through degradation of the environment,” Prof. Ikua stated.

He commended JKUAT staff and students for coming out in large numbers to participate in the cleaning exercise. He encouraged them to be good ambassadors and educate their peers on the importance of environmental conservation.

On his part, John Sichangi, a third year Bioengineering student thanked the Kiambu County for launching the initiative, noting it is an important step in environmental conservation.

Sichangi further said there is also need to carry out sensitization of the public on matters environmental conservation which will be critical in raising their awareness in protecting the environment.

During the cleaning exercise, excited students and staff braved the scorching sun and dust to demonstrate the traditional JKUAT team spirit with participants unanimously expressing their delight in undertaking the clean-up of the environment, adding that they look forward to see the initiative become a regular activity on the university calendar.

Prof. Ikua (Navy blue coat at the center) leads Staff and Students in the clean up exercise

Comments are closed.