University of Nairobi students have been challenged by Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and ASAL, to explore business opportunities in the counties.
He was speaking to students pursuing Sociology in the Faculty of Arts. CS Wamalwa observed that the government has given priority to women, youth and persons living with disabilities 30 percent worth of tenders from government agencies, ministries and departments. This applies to county governments as well. He said that business people working under Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) will be prioritized.
He challenged students to multi task by doing business as they continue with studies.
CS Eugene Wamalwa, an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, encouraged students to pursue further studies upon graduation.
“One degree is not enough. There is cut throat competition out there,” he quipped. He explained that the education he received from the University of Nairobi has enabled him to practice law both locally and abroad. He has been able to present both individual clients, corporate clients and even presidents in court.
Following her recent election as the University of Nairobi Students Association (UNSA) Chair, CS Wamalwa took the opportunity to congratulate Ms. Ann Mwangi Mvurya for making history and becoming the first female student leader since 1964 when the student body was formed.
In conjunction with the University of Nairobi students as devolution ambassadors, the Minister for Devolution is ready to send devolution champions to the counties. They will not only help the counties in service delivery, but also in monitoring devolution progress. CS, Wamalwa observed that devolution is facing major challenges, corruption being one of them. He urged county government leaders to benchmark with Makueni County which has performed so well instead of wasting funds and travelling abroad to benchmark with countries in the West.
Among the success of devolution numerated by the Cabinet Secretary include health, road infrastructure among others. He observed that many residents of Samburu, Turkana who would travel over 300 kilometers to get health services in Nairobi are now able to access health locally in their counties.
Present during the function were Prof. Julius Ogeng’o, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, among others.