During the opening ceremony, guests present included the Chairman TUC Council, Dr. Solomon Muchina Munyua, Turkana County Government CEC for Tourism, Culture, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Hon. Alexander Flemings Losikiria, the Attaché for Science and Higher Education at the Embassy of France in Kenya, Dr. Mathieu Guérin, Prof. Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University (USA), Dr. Kyalo Manthi of the National Museums of Kenya and Mr. Felix Odimassi, Chairperson of the Academic Committee of Turkana University College Council.
Speaking during the event, the TUC Council Chairman, Dr. Solomon Munyua, thanked the CONFMAP Project and TBI for donating equipment to the University College; adding that the equipment will be very useful, especially for use by students pursuing science related courses. He also thanked the partners for supporting the Master of Science in Human Evolutionary Biology course which is offered at Turkana University College. To this effect, he recognized the departed persons, Dr. Richard Leakey, Prof. Isaiah Nengo and Ms. Beatrice Ondago who were instrumental in the establishment of the course.
In his remarks, the TUC Principal, Prof. George Chemining’wa, welcomed all the stakeholders and the public at large to sample and appreciate the archaeological work which will be exhibited in the University College Library during the months of June, July and August 2022. He emphasized that Turkana University College is a Centre of Excellence in training of paleoscientists courtesy of its distinctive Master’s program in Human Evolutionary Biology which is offered in collaboration with Turkana Basin Institute.