Kitui Governor Hon. Charity Ngilu was among the distinguished guests who graced the convention of Pre-Conference Workshop of International Conference of Science, Technology and Innovation at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) main campus at Yatta Ward, Kitui West Sub-County in Kitui County on Monday, November 19th.The workshop is aimed at developing strategies that needs to be integrated to enable the sustainable development in the dry land environments in Kenya.
In her speech, the county chief challenged the varsities located in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) to consider engaging the county governments through the implementation of their research findings on the common challenges facing the common mwananchi.Ngilu lamented over the various research findings and recommendations by the economic, social and political surveys conducted by the university students that go to waste due to lack of proper channels for implementation.She noted the urgent need for the counties to oversee actualization of these surveys for the benefit of the people otherwise the locals will continue being pressed by the challenges with known solutions awaiting implementation.
The county boss further said the close liaison will enable the counties to harness their natural resources alongside incorporation of environmental management plans through the counties’ Environmental Departments.
“The five universities located in the dryland region are uniquely established to explore and build capacity and skills prudent for management of dryland natural resources in areas they are found for the benefit of the larger community” said Governor Ngilu.
Governor Charity Ngilu applauded the institutions for focusing on the main challenges in ASAL areas by introducing courses in environmental management, dryland agriculture, mining and water resource management among others.She added that the graduands from these courses will have the strategies on how to combat the chronic challenges tied up to the regions such as hunger, water scarcity and environmental degradation.
The convention was also attended by Umma University in Kajiado, Machakos, Garissa, KDSA and Lukenya Universities (Makueni) and the DAAD, an international programme organization that supports international partnerships through a number of schemes aimed to foster cooperation among higher education institutions.