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Uhuru urges his deputy Ruto to complete studies

26 August 2014, 13:02 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged his deputy William Ruto to complete his studies and not embarrass the government.

The president was speaking at the ground laying foundation ceremony for the University of Nairobi Towers in Nairobi Tuesday.

In a tongue in cheek moment, the president asked Ruto, who has apparently enrolled for a PHD at the university to work hard so as not to embarrass the government.

" It gives me great joy to be here once again! I am happy to join you at this ceremony, at an institution which many proudly know as their esteemed alma mater! They include my Deputy who I hear is back here to complete his PhD! As president, I have done my part, always encouraging him to work hard and please his processors and supervisors in order to do well and not to embarrass us, he said to laughter from the listening public.

The president also took time to praise the institution for striving to be the best in its undertakings.

" It is evident that the University of Nairobi  intends to maintain and improve this leadership position, and to benefit a larger number of people by it. We are inaugurating the building which is a beautifully imagined and designed, modern and green towers! The towers embody the best attributes, the University's excellent standards, splendid vision, astute strategy and consistent delivery! It represents our collective aspiration as a nation to rise high and tower above our challenges and issues! It symboli1es our ambition to lead, and our drive to succeed, he added.

The towers are set to add to the revenue base for the University, a fact that well pleased the head of state.

" Endowments give an extra sense of stability to institutions, especially institutions of higher learning that have long relied on public grants. There is no reason why these grants cannot be supplemented by funds pooled from their benefactors. My Government would be only too happy to work with benefactors who undertook projects of this kind.

The university expects the towers to further uplift its profile as one of the best institutions in the African continent.

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