Construction works for the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) Eldoret Campus are set to start soon.
This follows the groundbreaking ceremony for the campus at Outspan in the Ngeria ward on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago joined top management from KIMC for the groundbreaking.
Speaking during the event, Mandago said the KIMC Eldoret campus will allow hundreds of youths from North Rift and Western Kenya to join the institution.
This will be the first campus for KIMC outside Nairobi.
“For 60 years, KIMC has had only one campus, and it was hard for youths seeking to study journalism and communication to join the Nairobi campus. This is why we thought it good to ask that they bring the campus here for our youths to benefit,” Mandago said.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu donated a public utility at Outspan where the KIMC is being constructed.
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Already the KIMC Eldoret campus has started admitting students and it did its first graduation in December 2021. The campus is temporarily being hosted at the county-run Home Craft in Pioneer estate.
With construction works now set to start, Mandago says the campus will come with many benefits not only in education but also economically to the Outspan locals.
“Once KIMC Eldoret campus starts admitting students, individuals with rental houses will get tenants, mama mbogas will get customers and the construction works itself will create many job opportunities,” noted the county boss.
He also asked contractors who will be working on the project to ensure they employ locals, pointing out that Uasin Gishu has a sufficient workforce to work in the construction industry.
“We have over 3,000 trained young people in plumbing, civil work among other related fields,” Mandago said.
The National Government has allocated Ksh1.1 billion to facilitate the construction of the KIMC Eldoret campus.
It is anticipated that by the 2023/2024 financial year, construction works for the campus will be complete, and the institution is fully equipped and operational.