Sixteen sites have been identified to benefit from the national internet connectivity project in Meru County.
Chairing a meeting for the contractor and beneficiaries Thursday, Imenti North Deputy County Commissioner Isaac Masinde urged all players to support each other towards achieving the common objective of transforming the devolved unit into digitization.
Masinde said the internet connectivity project was a flagship of the national government in partnership with the county leadership, towards ensuring the country was in tandem with the changing communication technology so as to fit in the global world.
Speaking to the beneficiaries, the contractor Francis Kariuki said everything was in place to ensure the works were accomplished within the stipulated time, adding that some of the identified areas were already ahead of the project.
Kariuki said since there were existing Information Communication Technology infrastructures in some of the identified sites including the Kenya News Agency office, a lot of time would be saved for areas where works were to start from zero.
The contractor said the project was under the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology spearheaded by the ICT Authority where the department of Interior was identified as the entry point into the counties.
He said works were scheduled to officially commence on Monday next week, adding that he was to avail a tentative program to all identified sites for purposes of making accessibility possible for smooth running of the project.
The contractor declined to disclose the actual cost of the job he was to undertake in the region, adding that Phase 3 was the last one, with Phase 1 and 2 works almost getting finalized.
“Full information on the cost of the project will be availed much later, possibly when we are ready for commissioning through the County Commissioner,” Kariuki said.