No legal hurdle will stand in the way of the proposed Nyandarua University College, the County Assembly has said.
Speaking when he accompanied a high-powered delegation to the founding site at the Ol’Jororok Agriculture Training Center (ATC), Education Committee chairperson Hon. Sambigi Mukuria (Githioro Ward) said the Assembly is working closely with the County Executive to clear all outstanding issues.
“The County Assembly of Nyandarua will spare no effort to clear all legal issues related to the institution,” he said.
Nyandarua University College, A constituent college of the University of Nairobi, the Ol’Jororok Campus is expected to open its doors to students by May 2018.
Deputy Governor Her Excellency (Mrs.) Cecilia Mbuthia said the University of Nairobi will confer degrees on students until the college’s main campus in Kapteni, Ol’Kalou, has been established.
“All logistical functions will be sourced from within Nyandarua, to support parents whose children might constitute the bulk of the student body,” she said.
His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia, who was away, has made functioning of the university – Nyandarua’s first – a priority since he took office in August.
A technical team from the National Government and the University of Nairobi hailed Nyandarua for fast-tracking the project.
Principal of School of Agriculture and Veterinary Services at the University of Nairobi Prof. Gitahi Kiama and Planning Registrar Mr. Bernard Njuguna said Nyandarua had struck the right partnership to move the County forward.
“The University of Nairobi enjoys a huge lead in the world, being number 800 out of a possible 24,000 in all critical indices. We would like Nyandarua to learn from our rich history and tradition,” said Prof. Kiama.
Present were County Secretary Mr. Hiram Kahiro and County Executive Committee members Hon. Faith Mbugua (Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services), Hon. Mary Mugwanja (Finance and Economic Development), Hon. James Karitu (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries) and Hon. Dominic Murani (Youths, Sports and Arts).
Others were Hon. Lawrence Mukundi (Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development), Hon. Stephen Chege (Transport, Energy and Public Works) and County Commissioner Mr. Samuel Kimiti.