Baringo Governor, Stanley Kiptis has called on the National Government through the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology to extend fibre connectivity to Sub-counties to enhance service delivery.
Speaking on Saturday during the 6th ICT contest and Korean day held at the Kenya School of government, Baringo, Kiptis said his government was promoting use of ICT in service delivery and internet connectivity would boost its initiative.
“We are requesting the national government through the ministry of ICT to extend fibre optic link to Baringo’s four sub-counties covering Emining, Marigat, Kabartonjo and even Chemolingot towns to create a reliable link between the six sub-counties and make service delivery more efficient,” said Kiptis.
The governor said an ICT driven economy will spur innovation and help create jobs for thousands of the youths.
He said through innovations the youth can start self-employment opportunities rather than depending on white color jobs which sometimes prove very difficult to come by.
Governor Kiptis added that his government was committed to developing ICT training to ensure that the youth get knowledge and skills.
The Governor said his administration had partnered with the Korean agency, World Best Friends which has set up and operationalized Elias ICT centre in Kabarnet town and introduced ICT literacy programme that has so far trained 4,098 persons among them 1,718 teachers on ICT skills.
“We are also encouraging some of our secondary schools that will benefit from the programme to teach ICT in their schools as general subject for all students joining form one,” suggested Kiptis.
Deputy Governor, Jacob Chepkwony reiterated the sentiments made by the county boss, saying ICT was a crucial enabler that can make implementation of the Big Four agenda of manufacturing, affordable housing, universal healthcare and food security which is the key target by the national government easier.
The theme of this year’s contest which attracted 15 schools from the region is promoting innovation and creative thinking amongst youth.
The top two performing entrants, Talai high school, Bartolimo high school were awarded a 43 inch TV Screen while the second runners up, Ebenezer academy was presented with a projector.
The contest was organised by Elias ICT Centre and World Best friend in coordination with County’s department of Education and ICT.