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The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu gives a reward to one of the best performers during their vigorous intensive four months training course at the college

The CS Prof Judi Wakhungu gives a reward to one of the best performers during their vigorous intensive four months training course at the college

A total number of 291 Forest Guard Recruits are joining the service after their intensive four months training course. Speaking during the passing out parade of Forest Guard Recruits in the Kenya Forest-College School on 20th May 2016, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment , Natural Resources and Regional Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu said that the passing out of the 291 demonstrates the commitment of the Government in adequately protecting and conserving forest resources for the future generations.

The Cabinet Secretary who was also accompanied by her Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima said that the constitution and the forest act.2005 requires of new approaches in fulfilling duties and responsibilities, urging the recruits to build a just and equal society that is free of corruption and governed by the rule of law.

The 291 Forest Guard Recruits take oath in the name of God to serve their employers and the public with humility and steadfast dedication

The 291 Forest Guard Recruits take oath in the name of God to serve their employers and the public with humility and steadfast dedication

Prof. also told the recruits to observe the work ethics and the anti corruption act in undertaking their duties as unscrupulous and unethical persons may tempt them into conducting themselves unethically for enriching them. “Being involved in malpractices or being associated with forest destruction will be breaking the oath that you have sworn today” the Cabinet Secretary added.

Wakhungu said that as public servants, the recruits are expected to be committed to serve their employer and the public with humility and steadfast dedication. “You are also expected to handle the assets and equipment under your charge with great sensitivity and professionalism” she added.

Switching to wanainchi who attended the pass out, the cabinet secretary said that it is upon all Kenyans to ensure sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources of Kenya as per the forest act 2005 which requires the participation of communities in forest conservation and management. She urged all Kenyans to quickly move as a country, to plant more trees at this rainy season in meeting the 10% forest cover target.

Admiring the Recruits parade with a smile are: from left; KFC Principal Prof. Donald Ogweno, CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, D/KFS Emilio Mugo, Board Chair Mr. Peter Kinyua and PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima

Admiring the Recruits parade with a smile are: from left; KFC Principal Prof. Donald Ogweno, CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu, D/KFS Emilio Mugo, Board Chair Mr. Peter Kinyua and PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima

In her part, the Principal Secretary, Dr. Margaret Mwakima said the forest rangers represent the country’s youth whom the government is dedicated to see they get employment. She said that the government through Environment and Natural Resources ministry is also targeting the youth through implementation of the green schools tree growing program where school going children are trained on the importance of tree planting.

Mwakima added that the 291 Forest rangers represent 47 counties, which is a sign of commitment by the National Government in working with devolved structures of governance and hence promoting national cohesion.

The passing out parade of Forest Guard recruits was also attended by the Chairman KFS board Mr. Peter Kinyua, Director Kenya Forest Service Mr. Emilio Mugo, Principal Kenya Forest College and senior KFS officials among others.

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