In as much as The University of Nairobi banned students from cooking in their rooms in 2016, students have still been cooking in their rooms disregarding the common cooking facilities that the institution erected near the students’ hostels.
However, in a report tabled by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi to the university’s senate on Thursday, the university has announced austerity measures that include a crackdown on students who cook in hostels in its latest efforts to cut down on expenditure.
It is now illegal to be found cooking in your room at the university and the VC has categorically directed staff at the university to increase surveillance and regular inspections to stop cooking in students’ hostels.
Additionally, the university will enforce joint meter reading as well as the installation of sensor lights and other alternative energy sources such as wind, biogas or solar and the use of flood lights and energy saving bulbs among others.
The new measures are expected to save the institution Sh12 million annually in electricity costs and a further Sh. 6 million in water savings through implementation of water saving measures.
He also directed that fuel cards allocations be reduced and discouraged fuel card top ups while all new vehicles will be installed with vehicle tracking systems to ensure better control.