Moi var­sity in­jects Sh3bn into North Rift econ­omy but is in cri­sis — VC Ayiro

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Moi Univer­sity in­jects more than Sh3 bil­lion into the econ­omy of the North Rift an­nu­ally. Act­ing vice chan­cel­lor La­ban Ayiro (pic­tured) on Fri­day said the univer­sity em­ploys more than 7,000 staff, in­clud­ing those at the Moi Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal and at the Ri­va­tex Tex­tile Com­pany. He said the univer­sity is, how­ever, fac­ing ma­jor fi­nan­cial, in­fras­truc­tural and man­age­ment prob­lems that have caused its growth to stall. The univer­sity has three sources of fund­ing — the Ex­che­quer, part­ner­ships and in­ter­nally gen­er­ated funds — but over time, the sources have not grown in pro­por­tion to the growth in stu­dent and staff pop­u­la­tions, thus caus­ing a deficit. “Fail­ing to make fru­gal fi­nan­cial and man­age­ment de­ci­sions has re­sulted in stag­na­tion in de­vel­op­ment and a very neg­a­tive cor­po­rate im­age for the univer­sity,” Ayiro said dur­ing a cer­e­mony to re­brand the univer­sity. He said the univer­sity has failed to realise tan­gi­ble in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment and the qual­ity of its teach­ing, re­search and ex­ten­sion has lapsed to lev­els not ex­pected of a na­tional in­sti­tu­tion. Ayiro said the prob­lems in­clude de­clin­ing en­rol­ments, de­cay­ing in­fra­struc­ture and poor stan­dards. “I would never have imag­ined see­ing my self in sit­u­a­tions where as the chief ex­ec­u­tive, hospi­tals re­ject Moi Univer­sity pa­tients, news­pa­pers can’t pick our ad­ver­tise­ments, sup­pli­ers only sup­ply when our cheques have gone through, statu­tory de­duc­tions are in ar­rears and there is a bloated work­force,” he said. Ayiro said the man­age­ment and all stake­hold­ers will have to make tough de­ci­sions to res­cue the in­sti­tu­tion.

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