Education

Chuka University VC tours Maara; appeals for community support for the local university campus

Chuka University VC Prof. Erastus Njoka during a tour of Nturiri Campus. Photo by Isack

Chuka university vice-chancellor prof. Erastus Njoka has urged Maara residents to support the growth of the Nturiri campus established by Chuka university, arguing that the entire constituency stands to gain more from the growth of the University directly.

The VC who was on a working tour to check on development activities within the university reiterated that his mission since he started the journey towards establishing and developing Chuka University in 2005 was to see the lives of people improve and that he has never used his public service position for personal gains.

He called on the local political class to stand up and be counted by offering servant leadership instead of misusing the few resources that are devolved to the counties.

The VC, stated that he is ready to work with all the residents of Tharaka-Nithi county to spur development in the county and called on Maara residennts to join hands with him in order to deliver the much needed development and resources in the county.

He refuted rumors being spread by his competitors that he has been given an additional 5 years in public service thus he won’t be on the ballot come next election; stating that in all the years of service, he has never depended on local political leaders to get the position but rather, it is through the support of the people and prayers that he has been able to move this far.

With the growth of the Nturiri campus, the VC promised that he is pushing for a public hospital around as well as a police station in order to guarantee the security of the residents.

On their part, local residents promised to support the VC in his mission, stating that his actions and development record have been clear for all to see.

Prof. Njoka has received local and global praise for his work at Chuka University, transforming the university from a technical training institute on its deathbed to one of the most advanced universities in the country. in 2005, He was appointed the director of the then constituent college of Egerton University, before being appointed the principal in 2008. In 2013, the professor was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor of Chuka University by the President, a role that he has been holding since now.

Residents from the three constituencies of Tharaka-Nithi county have been urging the VC to vie for the governor’s post in the coming elections, and with his track record of development and visionary leadership, he remains the man to beat as the race for Tharaka-Nithi gubernatorial seat builds up.