Jaramogi Oginga Odinga varsity appeals to State to complete stalled projects

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology Vice Chancellor Prof Emily Akuno. Photo: Erick Nyayiera

The management of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) has appealed to the Government to complete stalled projects.

According to the management, several projects have stalled due to inadequate and delayed disbursement of funds.

Vice Chancellor Prof Emilly Akuno said the construction of Blue Economy Research Institute at Miyandhe, development of an Ultra-modern library, the construction of the administration block, and the expansion of the tuition block at Achiego are some of the projects that are yet to be completed.

She said that upon completion, these four projects will greatly enhance the institution’s infrastructural facilities and provide additional space necessary for the university to fulfill its mandate.

“We appeal to the Ministry of Education to intervene and ensure the timely completion of these projects,” appealed Akuno.

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The university’s council chairman Shem Wandiga also appealed to the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education, to allocate more development funds for the construction of capital projects.

“As the Vice-Chancellor has mentioned, these projects, once completed, will create more opportunities for teaching, research, and innovation, and will enhance our region’s engagement in global research and partnerships,” he said.

He added that in order to address funding limitations, they have diversified their funding sources and actively pursued grant opportunities.
Meanwhile, the university aims to use the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Material Science to contribute to the preservation and understanding of cultural assets while advancing scientific knowledge in material science.

“This interdisciplinary approach not only aligns with the university’s dedication to academic excellence but also positions JOOUST as a key player in addressing contemporary issues bridging cultural heritage and scientific exploration,” explained Akuno.

She added that the institute seeks to deepen the connection between the university and its surrounding community.

“Furthermore, its global perspective on cultural preservation and material science will bolster the university’s standing on the international stage, fostering collaborations and partnerships that transcend geographical boundaries,” she added.

By Erick Nyayiera

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