President Uhuru Kenyatta has today laid the foundation stone at the University of Nairobi Wangari Maathai Campus.
In his address, President Uhuru Kenyatta paid glowing tribute to Prof. Wangari Maathai for her relentless work and passion to care for the environment. Prof. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement to help educate people at the grass-root level on environment issues. They have to date planted 50 million trees.
Quoting Pope Francis, President Uhuru Kenyatta urged University staff and students to ‘Love their environment and by doing so, they will be showing love to their neighbour.’
Wangari Maathai Campus will train the whole African continent on environmental issues. The campus will as well play a key role in shaping democracy and peace building initiatives.
On his part, Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matian’gi thanked the President for championing the ideals of great minds like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wangari Maathai. He added that Prof. Wangari Maathai is celebrated globally and was recently recognized in African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Matiangi noted that the Ministry has put in place mentorship programs to mentor secondary and primary school students on environment issues.
The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi urged the government to upgrade the road to the Wangari Maathai Campus. He reiterated the University of Nairobi’s commitment to its mission and vision of producing holistic graduates committed to scholarly excellence. He noted that the University will play a key role in achieving Vision 2030.
Present during the event include Prof. Judy Wakhungu, Minister for Environment, Prof. Collete Suda, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, University Management Board, Senate, Staff, Students and the general public.