An extensive review of existing facilities is underway ahead of the launch of the proposed University of Nyandarua.
Speaking when she led a high-powered delegation to the proposed main campus in Kapteni and founding site at the Ol’Jororok Agriculture Training Center (ATC), Deputy Governor Her Excellency (Mrs.) Cecilia Mbuthia said the County Government is open to a comprehensive review of its preparedness for the institution.
“We are here to assess the buildings, information communication technology and related infrastructure,” she said.
Design of the Kapteni campus is underway.
“We are sorting out all the legal requirements, before the National Government can issue a letter to the University of Nairobi to formally mentor us in this journey,” she said.
A constituent college of the University of Nairobi, the Ol’Jororok campus is expected to open its doors to students by May 2018.
The Deputy Governor said the University of Nairobi will confer degrees on students until the college’s main campus in Kapteni, Ol’Kalou, has been established.
“The curriculum will initially focus on education, agriculture and business,” she said.
Dr. Margaret Ng’ayu, who was leading a technical team from the University of Nairobi, hailed the County Government for steadily championing the new institution.
“Our task is to back you in your vision. To achieve this, our visit today will be the most comprehensive yet, so that we know what we might be working with,” she said.
The visit is expected to result either in refurbishment of dilapidated facilities or construction of new ones.
“We are looking at sizes, condition, and related aspects before we submit a status report to the County Government and the University of Nairobi. A masterplan of the Kapteni land will follow,” 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.
Its establishment has created a buzz around Nyandarua, with residents weighing in on how they might benefit from related businesses.
Residents present during the site visit in Kapteni asked the County Government to protect the campus from encroachment by private developers.
In attendance were County Secretary Mr. Hiram Kahiro and County Executive Committee members Hon. Faith Mbugua (Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services), Hon. Lawrence Mukundi (Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development), Hon. Stephen Chege (Transport, Energy and Public Works), Hon. (Eng.) Mbataru Kariuki (Public Administration and ICT).
Also present were the Chief Officer in charge of Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services Ms. Charity Maina as well as the Director of ICT, Mr. Benard Kinyua.
Dr. Ng’ayu’s team included Ms. Mildred Ambani (Physical Planning), Ms. Inviolata Siboe (Project Management), Mr. Clifford Nderi (ICT) and Mr. Trecisio Thuita (Estates Management).