Kiambu County Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Charles Mureithi has urged Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students and the local community living close to the University to cooperate on issues that affect their wellbeing in order to build a conducive environment.
Drawing from his experience, Mr. Mureithi noted that among the most common issues that undermine university and community integration include drug menace, theft, depression and general lawlessness.
If common goals and objectives are to be realized, he said, both sides must first fulfil their obligation of social accountability and ensure all stakeholders identify and address the existing differences and challenges.
The Deputy County Commissioner said the University and community had developed and were now equal partners, proof of which can be affirmed by the partnerships established.
“JKUAT and Juja community need each other to prosper. The Juja community need the students to be around in order to grow their businesses and the University needs the community to provide hostels for some of the students who commute from outside,” said Mr. Mureithi.
Mr. Mureithi was speaking during the students and community integration event organized by the Jomo Kenyatta University Student Association held at the University, Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
The Deputy County Commissioner expressed his desire to continue working closely with the University to ensure that student and community grievances (if any), are sorted out amicably.
“Our close working relationship with JKUAT has ensured that we constantly evaluate and provide solutions to the problems that the students might be experiencing.
During previous meetings, students had raised security concerns around the university. He further noted that they had addressed most of the concerns.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi reiterated that JKUAT has the interest of the community at heart and the University’s aim is to mobilize and combine university knowledge and community experience to address social inequality and exclusion, to promote the idea of a fair society.
In a speech read by the Director of University Community Development and Outreach, Dr. David Kagima, the Vice Chancellor stated that JKUAT was open to community-university engagement programmes that will enhance students-community integration.