Plans to establish the first public University in Nandi County, Koitaleel Samoei University, have been greatly boosted following the acquisition of a Certificate of Lease to a 100 acre piece of land in Nandi Hills Sub
County. The document which is a mandatory requirement by the Commission for University Education (CUE) before the establishment of a University has been a major hurdle in the quest for the realization of the proposed University.
Speaking in his office when he officially received the Title document from the steering committee Vice Chairperson Prof David Serem who was standing
in for the Chairperson Eng. Dr. Jan Mutai, Nandi County governor Dr. Cleophas Lagat said it was now all systems go adding that his administration would do whatever it takes to ensure the institution
receives the formal Legal Notice for construction to commence.
The acquisition of Tittle now paves way for the gazettement of the proposed University. He noted that the establishment of the University formed part
of his pre –election pledge to Nandi residents.
Moreover, Dr. Lagat expressed his gratitude to the Deputy president William Ruto for his support in the endevour to establish the institution having
proposed the University of Nairobi be the Mentoring University and pushed for the allocation of up to 800 million shillings by the National Government for its construction. In addition, Lagat has exuded confidence that the process was on the home stretch, hinting that works would commence immediately after a yet to be confirmed date for the laying of
the foundation by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Further, Dr Lagat said his dream of having the University was necessitated by his quest to improve the human capital in the County and to empower the
Youth through the formal and informal opportunities that will be offered by the institution,’’’We can’t develop without human capital and industry , a University is an industry and a source of employment to the Youth whether formal or informal’’ added Dr Lagat.
On their part the steering committee led by Prof. David Serem praised the governor for his relentless effort to see that the Nandi residents get a University. The Governor The establishment of Koitaleel Samoei University named after the Nandi legendary leader Koitaleel Samoei will be the first public University in
Nandi County.Nandi Hills will host the main campus while other campuseswill be opened in the other five Sub Counties, added Lagat.