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NOREB Discusses Partnership with UoN
UoN Advancement, Director's office with NOREB executives at Uasin Gishu on Tue 6th Sep, 2016
On Tuesday 6th September 2016, a team from the University of Nairobi, Advancement Office met sixteen County Executives from the North Rift Regional Economic Block (NOREB) at the Uasin Gishu County offices in Eldoret. The aim of the meeting was to discuss possible areas of collaboration with NOREB Counties. NOREB is a regional economic block in the northern part of the Rift Valley comprised of eight counties namely; Turkana, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, West Pokot, Samburu and Trans-Nzoia.
The North Rift trading block is very rich in Agriculture, Oil & Gas, Sports and the rich mineral deposit prospects among others. Some of the main challenges facing the region include lack of sufficient skilled manpower to exploit the resources particularly in Agri-Business, Oil & Gas and minerals exploitation which the entire region is well endowed with. This has resulted in overreliance on foreigners for skilled labor and locals for casual labor.
Some of the areas that the North Rift Counties and UoN agreed to work in partnership include setting up a Sports Academy, Technical Academy, Executive Trainings, Agri-preneurship, Scholarships and Bursaries, Endowment Fund and working with the Government to set up an Anti-Doping Testing Centre in the region. NOREB would like particularly to partner with the University of Nairobi to address the issue of skills shortage to help exploit the full potential of the region. The University and NOREB agreed to sign an MoU in the near future to cover the identified areas of collaboration.
The Deputy Governor of Uasin Gishu County, H.E. Hon. Daniel Kiprotich Chemno requested the Department of Human Pathology, University of Nairobi to help establish an IAAF anti-doping centre in the region instead of taking the samples to South Africa where the charge per sample is over Kshs. 800,000. In the recent past, Athletics Kenya (AK) and the medical committee have discussed modalities of how an anti-doping centre with the capability of testing urine and blood samples could be set up locally. The University of Nairobi is the best partner to help set up this centre. Kenya conducts almost 700 tests on athletes every year and this is done in South Africa since it is the only country in the continent with doping testing facilities. It makes a lot of sense that being the nation with most athletes; Kenya should have a centre in the country that will also serve neighboring countries like Ethiopia and Uganda.
The team from the Advancement Office that met the NOREB Executives included Johnson Kinyua, Director of University Advancement, Brian Ouma, Deputy Director of University Advancement and Naomi Nyaboga the Executive Assistant in the Office of the Director, University Advancement.