Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong will chair a special committee appointed by the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning to look into land challenges facing Lukonyi Boys Primary School in Burumba Ward, Matayos Sub County.
Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry Hon. Gideon Mung’aro said Lukonyi Boys Primary School land is 1.4 hectares (about 3.5 acres) with a population of 1400 pupils.
“The Governor will chair the joint committee with the County Executive Committee Member for Lands as co-chair,” he said, adding that the County Commissioner and other officers from the Ministry of Lands will be members of the committee that will come up with a program.
Hon. Mung’aro who had paid courtesy call to Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi and the County Commissioner Jacob Narengo said Lukonyi is surrounded by a forest which cannot be cut because we need to preserve our towers.
With this foregoing, the school cannot expand into the forest, thus denying it space to construct more classrooms and to have a playing field for extra curriculum activities. The committee may be faced with options of getting sufficient land elsewhere and relocate the school.
Lukonyi Boys produced the top student in 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) Examination in Busia County. Marcel Okuku scored 438 marks out 500. The school had 10 students with 400 marks and above compared to only two in 2017.
“ The other thing we want to do is to work with the County Government to make sure all major towns are titled and put them on the valuation roll and you start generating revenue,” Hon. Mung’aro said, adding that 14 towns including Nakuru, Laikipia, Embu and Meru have implemented the program.
He said the National Government will avail surveyors to undertake the Rapid Results Initiative Program with the County Government providing transport and the Ministry catering for other logistics.
Deputy Governor Mulomi lauded the Ministry’s pledge to send surveyors to the county saying the county government will meet part of its bargain.