The Laikipia County Assembly through its speaker Mr. Patrick Mariru has said that they will work with university students from the region to enact laws.
During a meeting with members of Laikipia universities and college students association at a Nairobi hotel over the weekend, Mr. Mariru said that the assembly will tap rich ideas from university students by allowing them to participate in the formulation of county laws as a way to invest in young people.
“There are many ways of influencing the laws we make in the county assembly. We will facilitate your meeting with any assembly committee if you want any law enacted,” said Mariru. The meeting was also attended by Education Committee chairman Mwangi Maruga.
Some students from the University of Nairobi who attended the meeting raised their concern with what they termed as low entry of the female gender to the institutions of higher learning. They said that illegal activities such as child labour, female genital mutilation and early marriages were to blame for the low turnout.
The county has been on the map of discussion for quite a long time over FGM practices and child labour. The students from other universities who attended the meeting also noted that the cost of education and lack of support were some of the issues that if resolved could lead to a spike in number of the female joining institutions of higher learning. They were not pleased with the fact that Laikipia county students were always reffered to as the minority in universities outside the county.
The speaker called upon the student fraternity and Laikipia county community at large to ensure that only laws that would benefit them were enacted adding that anybody should be free to petition the assembly on matters of laws.