Polytechnic education promotes skills development in developed and developing economies. Meru Governor H.E. Kiraitu Murungi today graced the third graduation ceremony of Meru National Polytechnic.
The Chief Guest was Deputy President, Dr. William Samoei Ruto.
In various technical courses in engineering, science , business and agriculture over 1000 graduates received certificates, diplomas and higher diplomas.
The Governor lauded Meru National Polytechnic for being the number one National Polytechnic in the country.
When the Deputy President was Minister of Higher Education, the institution was elevated to National Polytechnic.
During this time he also founded Mitunguu Polytechnic.
He thanked the Deputy President for these efforts. These efforts have made Meru a pioneer region in training of a highly skilled labor force which the country so much needs.
Especially at this time when such skills are highly in demand to achieve the Big Four Agenda and Kenya Vision 2030.
The Governor called on Meru people to be very selective about the courses learners choose to pursue. Meru Governor advises students to identify courses that align with the economic needs of the country.
Such polytechnic ,university and college courses will help learners transform the society.
He appreciated the Polytechnic for training Meru Youth Service (MYS) program beneficiaries.
Meru Youth Service graduates have now acquired valuable skills and are doing very well.
MYS is an initiative aimed at empowering youth in Meru.
On Politics, the governor reiterated that residents of the Meru and Mt. Kenya area should be able to take decisions on matters that concern them without undue interference from outsiders.
Senator Mithika Linturi reiterated his sentiments. He said that all decisions concerning political direction must be left to the leaders of the region, and that once they have made those decisions, they must be respected.
On his part, DP Dr. Ruto pledged continued close working relationship with Governor Kiraitu’s administration to improve technical skills training in Meru.
In addition the National Government has elevated Meru National Polytechnic to be a Center of Excellence.
He noted that street lighting has already been put up in most areas around the polytechnic. Most importantly to ensure students safety.
More electrical lighting will be installed along the Meru-Kambakia road and along the by-pass near the school to ensure adequate safety for students.