The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director General, Major General Mohammed Badi, has called upon universities to make contributions towards the country’s development agenda by providing sustainable solutions to existing and emerging issues.
The issues he identified include; environmental degradation, street children rehabilitation in partnership with County and National Government.
The Director General spoke when he met the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture (JKUAT) Management at the NMS headquarters in Nairobi when they paid him a courtesy call, Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
The JKUAT delegation led by JKUAT Council Chairman, Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi met the NMS leadership to discuss various issues touching on the healthcare sector.
Among them, was the newly constructed Korogocho Level 6 Referral Hospital where JKUAT through the College of Health Sciences (CoHES), is seeking a partnership with NMS to use the hospital and other facilities within the referral network for teaching, research and training of students in health related courses.
The partnership will also enable JKUAT staff from CoHES to offer clinical services within the referral system and the community at large. This will expand and strengthen the engagement between JKUAT and NMS beyond the current arrangement where JKUAT is utilizing Mama Lucy Kibaki County Hospital for training and research.
In his welcoming remarks, Major General Badi lauded JKUAT as a University with an excellent track record on project implementation based on his experience with the institution in previous years, and pledged to work closely with JKUAT in establishing projects proposed by the institution for improvement of the people’s welfare.
“Nairobi is the mirror of the country and therefore, our administration is eager to facilitate projects that improve the welfare of our citizens. We are ready to support the University given the brilliant innovations JKUAT has produced over the years, especially in Information Communication Technology,” stated the Major General.
Amb. Maalim appreciated Major General for according them audience and expressed his gratitude for the support from NMS, stating that such collaborations are important because a government can only be effectively built by its various sectors working together, and not by one single sector working independently.
Prof. Ngumi expressed the University’s commitment in strengthening its partnership as well exploring more areas of collaboration.
“It is always an exciting moment for us as whenever we are presented with the opportunity to work on projects that benefit our nation. JKUAT flag flies high and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve this country, “said Prof. Ngumi.
Major General Badi stated that NMS is ready to provide internship opportunities to JKUAT students in different sections such as Environment and Housing, as they could provide invaluable expertise to the many projects that are expected to revolutionize the Kenyan economy.
He further urged university departments such as the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) to work on proposals that would help alleviate issues such as waste accumulation at the Dandora dumpsite and those that could promote Energy Security in the country.
The NMS under the leadership of Major General Badi has completed various projects within Nairobi and its environs, and he believes, universities have the capacity to transfer ideas at a macro level for the transformation of the country’s economy.
The meeting was attended by NMS Director of Health, Dr. Ouma Oluga and his deputy Dr. Mohammed Musa, JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Bernard Ikua (Administration), Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs), Prof. Mary Abukutsa (Research, Production & Extension), Principal College of Health Sciences, Prof. Haroun Mengech, Dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Reuben Thuo, Ag. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Mburugu, among others.