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Counties to offer govt services online

05 September 2013, 11:06 Joseph Njung’eh

The government will ensure there is necessary infrastructure to enable fibre optic connectivity in all counties, Cabinet Secretary of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Fred Matiang’i said on Wednesday.

Matiang’i said every County should be connected to fibre optic cable in order for residents to access online services offered by the government in the wake of devolution.

Speaking during launch of County ICT centers in Nanyuki town, the Cabinet Secretary said the Ministry will establish a one-stop shop in every county to offer all government services online.

Matiang’i said the communication centres dubbed Huduma centres will be rolled out soon and it will be a great achievement for the country to improvise government services.

He said he has consulted governors and their executives in discussing the infrastructure development since it is the county governments' mandate and responsibility to implement the national government plans.

He also said there is need to harmonise all policies supporting ICT infrastructural development.

Matiang’i added that a summit bringing together County ICT executives, industry leaders, government heads and technology companies will find out areas of cooporation to ensure ICT comes down to the grassroots. The three-day summit is scheduled to take place at a Laikipia hotel between September 4 and September 6.

“We will achieve the prime objectives of communications sector where we will maximise the power and versatility of global connectivity to create a knowledge-based society, increase innovation, accelerate development of our nation and improve quality of life for all Kenyans at an affordable price,” he stated.

The technological project will also enable digitalisation of data and is part of the vision 2030 development goals.

The e-government programme will also lead to business, investment and innovation opportunities to serve the counties.

“This means more job creation to the young people and efficiency in terms of service delivery on the part of county governments. However, it calls for a continued investment in education and training for County governments’ staffs to build the requisite human capital to handle the ICT functions,” said the Matiang'i, promising to help in training of the staffs.

He further emphasised the need for the two levels of government to liaise and work together in ensuring higher education institutions are offering quality and relevant ICT education.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by various stakeholders and companies to showcase some of the ICT-enabled services they offer.

The acting CEO of ICT Authority Kenya, Victor Kyalo, said the programme will be replicated in every County to enlighten citizens on how they can benefit and better their lives through the ICT technology.

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