Engineers from Somalia’s Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing of the Federal Government of Somalia have commenced a five-week short course training at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The short course is aimed at equipping them with crucial hands on skills in road management.
The training, a collaborative initiative between JKUAT and the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), will see the twenty participants taken through three thematic areas, namely; Rigid Pavement Design and construction, Project Management and Labor Based Technology.
With the worldwide demand for skilled labor especially in the engineering sector, the Dean School of Civil Environmental and Geospatial Engineering (SCEGE), Dr. Eng. Jeremiah Kiptala said, the training could not have come at a better time in terms of equipping the engineers with essential skills that will catalyse Somalia’s infrastructural development.
“Engineering has changed over time as resources have become scarce. In view of this predicament, as engineers, we need to use the available resources in the most efficient way possible. This training aims to address this issue,” Dr. Kiptala said as he officially opened the training.
Dr. Kiptala urged the participants to use the opportunity to interact with the University’s staff as well as exploring other available courses they could leverage on.
On his part, the Head of Programmes, Office of the Director General, Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing, Mr. Abdi Abdalla appealed to the training participants to use the opportunity to fully grasp the various aspects of the training and ensure they impart the same to their colleagues once they go back home.
He further lauded JICA and JKUAT’s collaboration which made the training a reality urging for more collaboration in future.
Senior Programme Officer, JICA Kenya Office, Mr. John Mungai thanked JKUAT for their continued cooperation with JICA and for being the most preferred institution to conduct the training, saying this has been important in ensuring the training is a success and impacts on many lives.
“The Federal Government of Somalia through the Ministry of Public Works and Reconstruction has been promoting labour Based Technology as a means of creating employment to reduce poverty and to jumpstart economic recovery,” Mr. Mungai asserted.
“This practical platform will be instrumental in strengthening knowledge while raising awareness in matters road management especially where participants will meet industry players in the sector,” he observed
Being the key decision makers, the training targeted senior government officials as it will ensure seamless transfer of knowledge to the public.