President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyan students to consider undertaking technical training courses that are being offered at the Railway Training Institute under the Standard Gauge Railway training programme.
He was speaking during the official opening of the Mombasa Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show that ran from August 31 to September 4, 2016 at the Mkomani Grounds.
The President indicated that transport infrastructure is a key enabler of the agricultural sector since it enhances market accessibility boosting agro-industrial efficiency.
“Agricultural development remains our most reliable platform to launch our country into industrialization. This development is not possible without substantial transport infrastructural development since agricultural inputs and produce relies heavily on transportation. We are creating capacity for operations and maintenance of the Standard Gauge Railway line in Kenya at the Railway Training Institute in Nairobi. This infrastructure will play an important role in the agricultural transport chain,” he said.
President Uhuru visited the Kenya Railways stand at the show and expressed his satisfaction with the progress of construction of the Mombasa to Nairobi section of the Standard Gauge Railway project. He was particularly impressed by the Railway Interlocking System model displayed by Railway Training Institute (RTI) students.
The President was accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Mr. Willy Bett, Mombasa County Governor Hon. Hassan Joho, Principal Secretary for Transport Mr. Irungu Nyakera, ASK National Chairman Mrs. Annabella Kiriinya, ASK Chief Executive Officer Mr. Batram Muthoka and Coast Branch Chairman Mr. Brown Ondego among other officials.