Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOUST) is putting up a satellite campus with an aim of easing the congestion at the main campus.
University council chairman professor Isiah Wakindiki who was speaking when he toured the project said it will be ready for use when the university opens.
The campus dubbed ‘Achiego campus’ which is approximately 3kilometres away from the main campus will feature lecturers’ theatre, a complete auditorium and a health center facility.
Professor Wakindiki who was flanked by varsity vice chancellor professor Stephen Agong and deputy vice chancellor in charge of academic affairs professor Jeseph Bosire while addressing the media revealed that the government is funding the project at tune of Ksh. 650million.
He expressed his confidence that the amount set a side will be enough to complete the entire project in time for learning to begin.
“The project will be ready in time, lecture halls are designed such that they can host a maximum of five hundred students per sitting, because we teach in shifts, we have seven to eight shifts per day that means we will be able to host four thousand students daily. ”He added.
The institution’s Vice chancellor Professor Stephen Agong’ told the media that the facility will host departments such as school of Engineering, biological , physical and mathematical science, as well as school of special planning.
From left (in checked shirt) jaramogi University deputy vice chancellor in charge of academic affairs prof. Joseph Bosire, (center) varsity council chairman Prof. Isiah Wakindiki and varsity vice chancellor prof. Stephen Agong’ (right) during a tour of Achiego campus.
He said that as a council, they are trying to maximize the opportunity given by the government but also lobbying for more.
‘’The council has put in place mechanism to mobilize resources so that we can develop this facility.’’ He revealed.
Agong added that the project is good for the country since the priority is aimed at focussing on solutions other than creating adverse problems.
“This is why we are training our student to be solution oriented offers, we want them to be job creators not job seekers.’’ He concluded.
The institution’s top management also revealed that it is sourcing for more professors to stir up their academic progress with Kenyan – German based to professor among the new staffs.
Professor Agong noted that when complete the project will also trigger other development in the surrounding such as roads, water supply and electricity connection.
This, he believes will enable the neighboring communities to access these services at affordable rate.