MKU-sponsored modern Police Post commissioned in Thika
- The facility is the fourth public-private-partnership initiative that MKU has been engaged in.
- Thika Town MP Ng’ang’a has urged other stakeholders to borrow a leaf from MKU in pursuing such endeavours, which are in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on partnerships for development.
Friday, April 28 marks the official commissioning of ultra-modern police post and traffic control base at Thika’s Industrial Area.
The facility, sponsored by Mount Kenya University, is a public-private-partnership between the institution, National Government’s Ministry of Interior, and Kiambu County Government.
The facility is located near the Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre at MKU Thika Main Campus, and will not only enhance security for the university students but the community at large.
“The success of this initiative will only come along when we all who are the stakeholders of this area work together,” Thika Town Member of Parliament Alice Ng’ang’a said.
“When you witness a crime and fail to report, you are failing yourself and the community. So let us all embrace this new initiative as our programme for the good of all of us who are here today, tomorrow and in the future.”
The legislator notes that the rising number of colleges, industries and other businesses in Thika Town now have security re-assurance owing to the commissioning of this facility.
On his part, MKU Vice Chancellor Prof Deogratius Jaganyi observed that the facility is in furtherance of one of the university’s key objectives – community outreach.
“As a university, we have a mandate to teach, to undertake research and to participate in community outreach or community engagement activities such this one…Bringing police officers closer to the people will enhance safe communities as police officers will engage with residents with ease. This will develop a greater sense of trust and confidence in the police, leading to better communication and cooperation.”
MKU's Fourth PPP
The facility is the fourth public-private-partnership initiative that MKU has been engaged in. The other three initiatives are the MKU-Thika Level 5 Hospital, which saw construction of a modern anatomy lab; the MKU-Thika High School PPP project (on development of the Sports Complex); and the MKU-Kenya National Library Services PPP, which saw the refurbishment of the public institution.
MP Ng’ang’a urged other stakeholders to borrow a leaf from MKU in pursuing such endeavours, which are in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 2030 on partnerships for development.
“I congratulate MKU for being awarded the globally-recognised United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG 10 on Reduced Inequalities,” she said.
“I highly appreciate the public-private partnership supported by Mount Kenya University on the security and safety of residents. I strongly recommend that other local institutions engage in similar strategic partnerships that will go a long way in fostering national socio-economic development," Hospital Ward Member of the County Assembly John Njiru Njue said.
"Also, I challenge institutions of higher education to promote a culture of peace, security and social wellness among communities surrounding them.”
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