By Matilda Atieno
Kisumu has witnessed dramatic evolution since the inception of devolution, presenting an array of opportunities to, the residents and entrepreneurs through access to Information Communication and Technology (ICT).
It is with this transformation that the county department of education ICT and Human capacity development recognized the need to develop an ICT policy to enhance service delivery.
The Directorate of ICT domiciled in the department of education has embarked on ICT policy formulation process in consultation with Premium Strategies ltd and ISCS.
The process kicked off earlier today in a one-day stakeholders’ workshop which brought together county ICT staff and other county officials to deliberate on the draft.
The workshop was officially opened by the CEC member, John Awiti who expressed excitement for having started the process saying that the policy is a flagship project that must be handed over to Governor Nyong’o once it is complete.
The ICT policy development is guided by the Governor’s 10-point agenda which recognizes ICT as a basic support system with plans to provide world-class connectivity in ICT services.
The policy development targets the following objectives; To ensure ICT plays a key role as an enabling tool in addressing gaps towards achieving efficient service delivery, utilize and integrate ICT in achieving MDGs, digitize and automate internal processes and procedures for efficient and effective service delivery, create an innovative environment that offers training, promotes the utilization of ICT tools and resources for the creation of more job opportunities and to provide a secure environment for economic growth through the use of technology.
The workshop was also graced by the chief officer for Education and ICT Madam Penina Onyango who echoed the efforts by the ICT directorate in taking up the initiative following unprecedented growth in the ICT space in the county thereby creating an enabling environment for all stakeholders.
The policy which is currently in its draft stages is informed by the need to facilitate county access to ICT infrastructure and services to realize the county’s potential on digital operations.
Also present was county director for ICT Nicholas Migot, and his counterpart Edward Omol, Michael Adar among other officers.