Scholars Urged to Play Lead Role in Kenya’s Development

Mr Kasuku delivers his a public lecture makes his presentatio at JKUAT Assembly Hall

Mr Kasuku delivers a public lecture at JKUAT Assembly Hall

The Lamu Port South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) Development Authority CEO / Director General, Mr. Silvester Kasuku, has challenged the country’s scholars to play a leading role in the country’s development programs to ensure there is no disconnect in the Government’s development initiatives.

Mr. Kasuku was speaking at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Main Campus, Juja, Wednesday, February 25, when he delivered a public lecture titled:  LAPSSET Corridor Programme “Building Africa’s Transformative and Game Changer Infrastructure to Deliver a Just and Prosperous Kenya.”

The CEO reiterated that in view of the role of academia in the country’s development, his organization was setting up a research platform for Kenyan universities for   LAPSSET Corridor project. This, he added, will act as a crucible for universities’ research output to guide the country’s envisaged developments.  To that end, Mr. Kasuku said, the Authority will organize a national workshop for universities in Kenya, which will lead to the formation of a research panel tasked to examine research proposals for the Lapsset Corridor Project.

Mr. Kasuku (centre) arrives for the Lecture accompanied with Prof. Imbuga(Left) and Ms. Dena

Mr. Kasuku (centre) arrives for the Lecture accompanied with Prof. Imbuga(Left) and Ms. Dena

The CEO noted that the LAPSSET Project is the first game changer infrastructure project the Kenyan Government has initiated and prepared under Vision 2030 Strategy Framework without external assistance.

Regarding the project’s benefits, Mr. Kasuku revealed that the LAPSSET Corridor Project “covers over half of the country with a planned investment resource equivalent to half of Kenya’s GDP for the core investment alone. Conservative feasibility statistics show that the project will inject between 2% to 3% of GDP into the economy.”

He further explained to the congregation that included Council Members; Amb. Steven Loyatum and Ms. Bertha Dena, that statistical estimates indicated that the contribution of the Corridor to the country’s economic growth ranges between 8% to 10 % of the GDP.

On his part, Ambassador Loyatum urged the university community to reposition themselves so that they could play a role in the development of the region.

While welcoming the speaker, Vice Chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga said, JKUA fully supports the LAPSSET project because it holds the key to unlocking the country’s development, and urged Kenyans to tap into these vast opportunities.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Ngumi who is also the Chair of the 20 Years Celebrations Committee appreciated the College of Engineering and Technology, for organizing such an illuminating forum.

The Public Lecture was part of a series of activities lined up to mark JKUAT’s 20 Years Anniversary since becoming a fully fledged University in 1994. The climax of the celebrations is set for Friday, March 27, 2015.

Others who spoke at the event included: Prof. Otoki Moirongo, (DVC Finance) Prof. David Mulati (Acting DVC Academic Affairs), and CoETEC Principal Prof. Bernard Ikua.

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