In a remarkable turn of events during his New Year Address on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Kibwage, delivered a beacon of hope to the university community. The long-awaited announcement brought news of a breakthrough in negotiations with the government, signaling a positive turn for the university's financial future.
After successful discussions with the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Hon. Machogu, Prof. Kibwage disclosed that the government had committed funds for six months, ensuring that university staff would receive their full salaries starting from February. The sum, a crucial lifeline for the institution, would alleviate the uncertainties that had surrounded salary payments.
Despite financial challenges, Prof. Kibwage outlined the university's commitment to responsible spending, reducing monthly expenditures to bridge the gap. The Vice Chancellor assured the staff that the Ministry's promised funds would be promptly disbursed to meet salary obligations.
While acknowledging the need for government support in light of ongoing court cases, Prof. Kibwage's address was met with relief and applause from the university staff. He also emphasized the importance of attracting more students through strategic marketing efforts, linking student numbers to the funding received under the new government policy.
As the university faces changes and challenges, Prof. Kibwage's address left the staff with renewed optimism, ready to contribute to the betterment of Egerton University and navigate the path to financial stability.
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