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Hundreds of youths and professionals packed a local hotel on Thursday for a public participation forum organized by the Trans Nzoia county university taskforce. The forum served as a platform for residents to voice their strong support for establishing a university in the region.

Participants highlighted the potential benefits of a university, including increased access to higher education, research focused on county-specific issues, and a boost to the local economy.

“In terms of population, Trans Nzoia is on par with regions that have universities,” said Herbert Madengeli, a forum attendee. “A university here would mean greater access to higher education and research opportunities tailored to our county’s needs. It would also lead to more job opportunities and social mobility.”

Others echoed Madengeli’s sentiments, emphasizing the university’s potential to transform the county’s economic landscape. “Imagine the impact on our agricultural sector and the rental market,” said Robert Chemos. “A university would be a powerful economic engine.”

Residents also recognized the broader implications of a university. “A university would attract visitors from across the country and even internationally,” said Robert Masindano. “This would foster global interaction, encourage entrepreneurship, and forge connections with international bodies.”

Bishop Barasa focused on the potential for knowledge development. “We have a large workforce eager to learn,” he said. “A university would elevate the skills of our workforce, making them more competitive for available jobs.”

The forum concluded with a sense of optimism and a collective commitment to realizing the vision of a university in Trans Nzoia. The taskforce is expected to incorporate the public’s feedback into their recommendations.

Captain Stanley Kirui, the County Executive Committee Member for Education, reiterated Governor George Natembeya’s administration’s commitment to establishing a public university. He urged residents to support the initiative, highlighting its potential to significantly improve the county’s economy.

Public forums are ongoing to gather further input from the community.

The taskforce consists of prominent figures including Professor Masibo Lumala, Professor Battan Khaemba, Professor Caleb Elung’ata, Dr. Hellen Yego (Vice-Chairperson), Dr. David Wafula Lwangale, youth representative Hosea Sismat Chemche, Dr. Julie Magomere, Professor Bulitia, Julius Kivase, Eliud Wakasiaka Mwichabe (secretary), and Alfred Mang’oli Namwitako.

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