THE TOM MBOYA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY IS FINALLY HERE
The County Government of Homa Bay is set to get its first University to be named after the former trade Unionist and flamboyant Minister for Economic planning, the late Thomas Joseph Mboya who hailed from the County.
Governor Cyprian Awiti yesterday finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the management of Maseno University that would see the establishment of Toma Mboya Memorial University College.
Mr Awiti said the University College would take over the facilities of the Agricultural Training Center as a constituent of Maseno University but clarified that the facility would continue train farmers and extension officers modern agricultural activities.
The governor signed the agreement with Maseno University Vice Chairman of the senate, Mr Dan Omino and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dominic Makawiti.
â€œTo day, our prayers have been answered. We finally have a University College,â€ said Mr Awiti after he appended his signature to the agreement at the county headquarters.
Mr Awiti said his government had requested the Assembly to approve a Sh 38 million in the supplementary budget to help facilitate the refurbishment of the Agricultural center in readiness for the first admission in September.
â€œI know Higher education is not fully devolved but we have to help hasten the process. Our people are very thirsty for a university,â€ said Mr Awiti who was accompanied by his Deputy Hamilton Orata and members of the County executive.
Prof Makawiti said they hope to have the first enrolment in September. â€œIf all goes well, Tom Mboya Memorial University will be a fully chartered university in the next three years,â€ said Prof Makawiti.
The governor said Homa bay was among the few Counties in the country that had no universities.Â Mr Awiti challenged local investors to start constructing residential and business facilities in Homa bay town to accommodate students and lecturers.
â€œWe will need facilities and we must start building them now. We will also need a lot of food and our farmers must double their efforts in food production through mechanized farming,â€ said the governor.
He said the signing of the MOU was a culmination of a long process by a task force led by former Moi University VC , Prof Selemia Keya and a team of scholars hailing from Homa Bay.
Prof Makawiti said the University will boost Homa Bayâ€™s economic status.