Nairobi - The government will increase its funding for the University of
Nairobi by KES 100 million to support innovation, President Uhuru Kenyatta
Launching Innovation Week at the university, the
President said “the additional money from the government will be used to
fund new inventions and the annual exhibition the university holds to
showcase its innovations.”
President Kenyatta also urged other
universities to showcase their innovations in agriculture and health,
explaining that such innovations would help stimulate the economy.
He cited mobile money transfer services as some of the trendsetters.
Kenyatta, in a bid to boost innovators, challenged government agencies
and the private sector to buy products and services offered by local
As he visited exhibition stands, the President was captivated by biofuel made from hyacinth.
Fishermen on Lake Victoria have been hit hard with the hyacinth that has engulfed a considerable section of the lake.
many of our people still don't have healthcare they can afford: will
one of you find a way to lower healthcare costs?” asked the President.
Kenyatta reiterated his administration’s commitment to supporting
innovation, adding that the government had fast-tracked the building of
the National Optical Fibre Backbone through the National Broadband
The National Council of Science, Technology, and Innovation, he said, had been created under the ministry of Education.
council serves as the custodian of the National Research Fund and our
National Innovation Agency, bringing together our sharpest research
minds to collaborate for the good of the country," he said.