Former Prime Minister and CORD Leader Raila Odinga is expected to deliver a public lecture this morning at Strathmore University.
This is a series of lectures the CORD leader is delivering to urge the graduating class of 2015 to be part of the new development modelled around counties.
“We are witnessing regional growth and enterprise outside of Nairobi and the traditional â€œhigh potentialâ€ areas. Yes, people are still heading to Nairobi for jobs. But millions are instead heading to the county governments,” Odinga said recently.
At USIU, Odinga delivered perhaps his most candid take on the role of public universities in Kenya’s development agenda.
“Our governments need to set specific targets for university contribution to national development. As we set development goals, we should task specific universities, based on their known abilities, with the realization of specific projects in our development agenda, within a given time frame,” said Mr. Odinga.
Odinga added that in successful higher education models, universities are respected as major intellectual engines of national planning, research and innovation.
“[These] governments ensure close strategic engagement with universities and grow them into centers of excellence and brain trusts,” he said.
Odinga then called on the graduating class of 2015 to join county governments which are the new engines of development.
“We need your ideas and engagement to restore the constitutional balance between our two levels of government. Â We need you to see counties as the new engines of development and growth in our country”.