The MoU signing ceremony between University of Eldoret (UoE) and North Rift Herbalist Association (NRHA) took place on 1st July, 2020 at the Forestry Conference Room 1. The ceremony was attended by the both the Chair (Mr. Kiprono Julius) and the Secretary General (Ms. Paustin Cheboi) of the North Rift Herbalist Association who represented the association during the ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor of University of Eldoret, Prof. Teresa Akenga was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning, Research and Extension) Prof. Phillip Raburu who read her speech. In her speech the Vice-Chancellor reaffirms the University commitment to work together with the association and stated that God has given humanity diverse talents and resources for the benefit of the society and for posterity. “In the North Rift region, we are endowed with many of such and fate will judge us very harshly if we do not harness and utilize these God given gifts and resources.” Indigenous peoples are the "faculty", keepers of the cumulative knowledge of generations; the plants they utilize are the "stockroom" of potential medicines. Local residents with limited access to medical technology and equipment may benefit greatly from traditional remedies, which can form an effective indigenous healthcare system. Research is therefore significant in revealing important traditional medicinal plant species, often leading to the discovery of new drugs, and contributing to the local economy. This was also echoed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning, Research and Extension), Prof. Phillip Raburu.
In attendance were several University staff members including Director of Industrial Linkages, Prof. Grace Cheserek, the Legal Officer Ms. Joyce Maina (representing the Senior Legal Officer), Mr. Bernard Wanjohi, Dr. Pixley Kipsumba among others.
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