Nairobi, July 30th 2017 … Sixty students from the Pupils Reward Scheme (PURES) on Thursday visited Ardhi House to familiarize themselves on how the Ministry operates.

PURES, a mentorship program for top students is the brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta and first lady, Margaret Kenyatta. Speaking during the students visit at Ardhi house, the scheme’s Director, Mrs. Florence Awori said that the initiative is to prepare young talents in line with the vision 2030.                      

The team was hosted by assistant director of Adjudication and Settlement, Nancy Wachira and other heads of departments from the Ministry of Lands. The students asked various questions among them how the ministry deals with issues of land grabbing, double allocation of land and the challenges the IT department experiences in managing cyber-crime.

Ms. Nancy Wachira acknowledged that land grabbing was one of the major challenges facing the Ministry that need urgent attention. She further explained processes through which the ministry solves Land conflicts. Other heads of departments urged the students to work hard in school so as to be able to attain the required grades to pursue their career goals. A senior Surveyor, Mr. Jonathan Chivatchi hosted the students at Ruaraka where he took them through practical aspects of surveying and mapping.

The students are drawn from leading Secondary Schools such Kenya High, Mangu, Mary Hill Girls, Chogoria, Maranda, Asumbi, Kapsabet High, Starehe, Alliance Boys and Alliance Girls.

By Susan Otina and Tracy Okumu.

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