Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Mr. Najib Balala urged University of Nairobi students, the graduating class to maintain their brand and uphold ethics even as they finish their term as university students and join the job market.
Speaking to final year students, from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CS Balala urged students to embrace small beginnings in life. Students were told the importance of getting internships after completing college to enable them gain the much needed work experience. Work experience, he said, will enable them land good jobs.
“You need education. Education is very important, apart from education; you need luck, hard-work and good moral ethics. We have enough to satisfy our need and not greed. I urge you to embrace simplicity in life. Emulate great leaders like Tim Cook, the Apple CEO. Live simplicity and enjoy a safer lifestyle,” said Mr. Balala.
Students were as well urged to play good politics. The Minister for Tourism noted that bad politics and political demonstrations lead to foreign embassies issuing travel warnings which affect our economy a great deal. He noted that Kenya has one of the best travel destinations in the world, almost second to none. We have the eighth wonder of the world. We are indeed better placed than South Africa and Egypt. All we need to have great tourist numbers is proper marketing, infrastructure and increased security. To help the country increase its tourist numbers, the Minister noted that they are working on ways of tapping into the Chinese tourism market, which has 148 million tourists annually.
In the recent past, students have been mentored by among others, Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed. University of Nairobi has a mandate to train holistic graduates and share with them insights from key industry players.
On his part, Prof. Enos Njeru, the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi thanked Mr. Balala for coming to the University to mentor final year students.