Moi University has joined the University of Nairobi in implementing restrictions on spending as the cash crunch that has hit universities across Kenya bites.
According to the University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Isaac Kosgey, Moi university will no longer higher staff.
This move is aimed at cutting costs and reducing the institution’s bloated workforce of more than 3,000 workers.
Speaking ahead of Moi University’s graduation ceremony set for Friday, Prof Kosgey indicated that the freeze on hiring is part of a restructuring process at the institution.
Moi University has already closed its Kericho and Nakuru Campuses.
Additionally, employees going on retirement will no longer be replaced as part of the freeze to cut down the unsustainable workforce of 3000 employees including 1000 casuals.
Prof Kosgey said that the university aims at reducing salaries expenditure and focus on providing quality education.
“Our core mandate is to offer quality education and we want to ensure that we do our level best,” he said.
By the end of 2018, Moi University aims at saving sh.250 million as a result of the freeze on hiring.
As part of the restructuring process, Kosgey indicated that the institution will increasingly focus on teaching and research.
Kosgey said the university will trim operations at Kitale, Mombasa and Odera Akango campuses. Three campuses within Eldoret town will also be placed under one roof.
Kosgey has promised to reinvent Moi University and make it a world-class institution.
The VC said they are realigning training programmes to focus on manufacturing, food security and health.
He said the university is keen on supporting the Big Four agenda.
“Our aim is to be the university that creates a difference in the lives of Kenyans,” Kosgey said.
He said the university with more than 47,000 students will train manpower to support local manufacturing of products for export.
The VC said he would also focus on building good relations with the community for mutual benefit.
During Friday’s graduation, Kosgey will be installed the vice chancellor in a ceremony to be witnessed by Education CS Amina Mohamed.