County governments urged to allot more funds for ICT

By KBC Reporter

Matiang’i says the counties can inject their own funds to grow the sector (File)

County governments are being urged to earmark more funds for development of ICT infrastructure to compliment efforts from the national government.

This is according to the ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i who also urges counties to waive way leafs in order to attract more investments.

Matiang’i, says that counties will be connected to broad band fibre optic cable by December next year.

He said the remaining 2,100 km from the 4,300 km of the cable, will be done in the new financial year and called on counties to use some of the funds set aside for them to help complete the  ICT project.

Over the past few weeks, the members of the county assemblies have been on the spotlight over the perceived spendthrift nature driven by numerous trips abroad burning millions of shillings.

While some may be dimmed necessary, the argument is a lot of money used can be channeled to develop crucial sectors such as ICT.

The sector has been a core pillar of growth but under funding is a hindrance.

Matiang’i says the counties can inject their own funds to grow the sector.

The CS was speaking during St. Paul’s TTC Nyabururu 23rd graduation ceremony.