NMG, UoN pledge to continue partnership

Wednesday March 18 2020
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Nation Media Group CEO Stephen Gitagama (left) with University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi on June 11, 2018 at the University of Nairobi. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By BRIAN OKINDA

Nation Media Group (NMG) and the University of Nairobi (UoN) have pledged to harness the potential in their partnership to deliver positive change to the public and country in general.

During a courtesy call that NMG’s CEO, Stephen Gitagama paid to UoN Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi, he pointed out that the two organisations have had a longstanding working partnership in varied scopes, on issues beneficial to the community.

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“Our collaboration especially in the Nation Leadership Forum series has particularly been effective in highlighting issues that affect the country at large, and have called to attention authorities responsible for addressing these issues,” said Mr Gitagama.

He added that the two organisations are committed to the collaborative partnership for the long-run and grow it to even higher levels.

Expressing his gratitude for the support that NMG has in many instances given to the higher learning institution, Prof Mbithi mentioned that they are looking forward to progressing the cause and out of it, ensure development in different dimensions for the country.

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“We intend to apply the synergies from both our sides to ensure discussions that touch on the wellbeing of our country are successfully disseminated to the public and also the government, so that those that should be addressed with immediacy, are,” pointed out Prof Mbithi.

He mentioned the success of the past five leadership forums organised by both NMG and UoN as among the biggest markers of how much the collaboration between the two institutions can do in influencing positive change in the country and instigating development.

And discussions are similarly in the pipeline, to facilitate other collaborative fields in which the two establishments can engage to benefit the sectors of education, research and career development especially among the youth, according to the two principals.

Launched in 2017, the Nation Leadership Forum, a collaborative initiative between UoN and NMG, and bringing on board other partners, seeks to encourage dialogue and conversations on key issues affecting the country such as economy, agriculture, food security, health, governance and financial markets among others.

Thus far, there have been five sessions of the leadership forum, which is among the most key products of the partnership between the two establishments.

The next such forum, which is scheduled to be held on July 5 at the University of Nairobi Auditorium, will largely focus on access to healthcare, human resources for health and health financing.