Government to issue 20, 000 public institutions with title deeds

The Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning will issue title deeds to 20, 000 public institutions to enable them utilize their parcels of land for investment.

The Principal Secretary Lands (PS), Dr. Nicholas Muraguri said the government wants all public institutions among them primary, secondary, colleges and universities to have titles deeds, noting that to date, 1001 public institutions had already been issued with the document.

In the month of July, we will issue a total of 3 million titles which include those of public institutions, said Dr. Muraguri.

He observed that the documents were vital as they would allow the institutions to borrow money using collateral, partner with others as well as have ownership of their parcels of land.

The PS was speaking on Monday at Ardhi House while issuing the title deed for Nairobi Technical Training Institute (NTTI) to the institution’s Deputy Principal, Cosmas Mwangi in a ceremony that was witnessed by the German Ambassador to Kenya, Jutta Frasch.

He said the Ministry of Lands has partnered with the German government to support Technical and vocational training institutes produce skilled manpower that can run the country’s industries.

We must have a requisite manpower to manage the industries as our vision is to become an industrialized country, added the PS.

The PS, who commended the German government for the support through KfW, said the fund would enable the vocational institutions to work on relevant skills acquisition, a move that would solve the unemployment challenges currently facing the country.

On community land ownership, Dr. Muraguri said the ministry would develop policies and an Act that would enable it (the ministry) to have a legislation to guide in the allocation of land.

He said the ministry had started a campaign to educate civil society groups, board of governors and parents on the importance of securing title for community land.

In her remarks, Amb. Jutta said the German government would spend 30 million Euros to support vocational training in Kenya, an initiative that her government has started in other parts of Africa.

She said the German Development Board and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) would look for good technical institutions that would be turned into centres of excellence to start the art to technology.

The envoy said German investors had declared their interest to put up industries in Kenya, a move, she said would address the unemployment challenges as most of the graduands from the institutions would be absorbed in the industries.

German companies are often short of trained personnel. This initiative will allow the trained manpower to work both in Kenya, Germany and other countries in international companies, said Jutta.

In September last year, we agreed in Berlin that the vocational training will become a priority as we want them to produce world class technical training, Jutta said.

Germany is keen on investing in Kenya’s automobile industry with the latest investment being the production of Volkswagen in the country. The industry, Kenya Motor Vehicles manufacturing plant is located in Thika to produce its Vivo model which will now join other brands being assembled in the country which include Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Jutta said she was happy that over 20 industries had shown their commitment to support the initiative through providing students with internship in their companies, expressing confidence that the students would find good jobs after completion of their courses.

She commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for supporting the initiative that would see all technical institutions receive title deeds to give them legal right to their plots of land, an avenue for investment.

We are happy that the political will and commitment is there. With the title deeds, GTZ can now start to do preparatory work, noted Jutta.

Nairobi Technical Training Institute that owns 13 hectares of land in Ngara and Thika Road has been without a title deed for the last 50 years.

Kenya and German Governments have partnered to support technical training institutes so that the country could achieve a middle income status through industrialization.

Source: Kenya News Agency