CS wants counties to allocate funds for ICT
By Stanley Wabomba
Information, Communications, and Technology Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i is calling on county governments to consider allocating 10 percent of their revenue to development of ICT infrastructure.
Dr. Matiang’i says the ICT sector needs to be allocated adequate funds as it is increasingly becoming the driving force of the economy.
He says his Ministry is in talks with county governments to explore possibility of waiving levies to those in private sector who are willing to invest in ICT infrastructure development.
To address the challenge of inadequate qualified ICT personnel, Dr. Matiang’i says his ministry has partnered with Oracle, a U.S. based multinational computer Technology Corporation, to scale up skills of 1,000 ICT personnel.
On county broadcasting, Dr. Matiang’i called for patience saying the government needs first to put in place policies and regulations on county broadcasting.
The Cabinet Secretary advised ICT stakeholders to engage with the government to iron their differences instead of going to court whenever there is divergence of opinion noting that a lot of time is lost in litigation.