The University of Nairobi signed a partnership agreement with Embu County government on 22nd December, 2022.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Kiama Gitahi, observed that the University values partnerships.
‘’As a University we would like to add value to our partners. Our department of plant science has been collaborating with Embu County in the field of value addition in agricultural produce” Prof. Kiama said.
The University established fresh produce aggregation centre at Karurumo in Embu County in 2018.
Governor Cecillia Mbarire said that the county government is looking for innovative solutions to the development challenges facing the county. She said that they would like the University to help the county to develop County development plan, county special plan and revenue collection and enhancement plan.
“The county need knowledge and ideas to move forward. We do not want to copy paste development plans. We are keen to come up with something different and unique that takes into account emerging issues like Climate change. We want to utilize the best brains in Kenya to deliver CIDP and Spatial planning through a government to government procurement for speedy delivery and to help us save some resources that can be channeled to development,” Governor Mbarire said.
Governor Mbarire and Prof. Kiama agreed to establish long term partnership between the university and the county.