THERE IS NO STOPPING US
The last three months have seen tremendous change in various facets of the College. To start with there are the park benches put up at various points around the tuition area where anyone wishing to relax or even comfortably surf on the internet can sit. This interspersed with several peace messages erected around the college, aimed at enhancing cohesion among members of the College. Then there is the repainting of lecture rooms and laboratories down to the washrooms….something that has not been done in a long, long time. In a few days, there will not be a single pit latrine in the College. These will all be replaced by modern WC washrooms. The male students are the first beneficiaries of this. Their pit latrines have been flattened and replaced with flushable toilets. There are the street lights, the borehole, the garage which is almost complete and now the road works which are in progress.
A walk to the farm will reveal two new ‘visitors’ – additions to our stock. Two served sows which should give birth soon making real the projections of a pig project that could serve to generate income for the College. Just next to the piggery lies the zero grazing unit which houses 3 calves which the College will proudly show case at The Nyeri ASK Show. That is definitely a first! What’s more, the College intends to improve on the breed of cows by serving them with sexed semen and could also generate further income by extending the same to the neighbours at an affordable price.
For a couple of years the College has maintained 2500 coffee bushes. This number has been increased by planting 460 more seedlings, and under the stewardship of Mrs Janet Wanjohi and Mr. Mugambi the farm manager, the College is coming up with a coffee nursery which too can serve as an income generating project. Suffice it to say the college made a tidy sum from the sale of coffee during the last coffee picking season.
Good work is appreciated. The County Government of Nyeri has donated 30 Hass avocado seedlings. Notably, planting Hass avocado is a venture that the college has been mulling over. We are therefore grateful to the County Government for starting us off. Talking of donations…..A friend of the College has offered to touch up the paint in the Multi- purpose hall and actually work should commence on Monday the 12th of August. This is important as the College is receiving more and more visitors coming in for
seminars and workshops and festivals, the latest being the ongoing census seminar to run from Monday 5th to Friday 9th of August. These activities are bringing the College much needed income; income that goes into improving her further.
The College Infrastructure Master plan is almost done. This after a series of meetings with a team of engineers to ensure that the Master plan captures the aspirations of the college. It is expected that future developments will be guided by this master plan which will also be used as a tool for review and assessment. It has been developed in line with the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. It outlines clearly where the administration and academic area will be, the student residential area, the staff residential area, the social activities area, the sports centre, the recreational area, the solid waste disposal site, the sewer treatment area, the water storage, the road network and car parks, the farming area etc.
Finally, the digital notice board is just about complete. A lot of work has been put in by the Automation Sub- committee; one of the PC sub committees.
The notice board will keep visitors and members of the College informed on all aspects. It will give our reception area a new look. With the inauguration of a new Board of Management on Friday 2nd August 2019, it is anticipated that there is much more to come.
The Chinese state in a proverb: “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the one who is doing it”.
Report by Susan Wanjohi