President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday directed ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru to put in place measures to create internet connectivity for all counties so that they can be connected to the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).
In a fresh approach to safeguarding public resources that have been on threatened by runaway corruption, the President said the use of IFMIS will create efficiency and contribute to transparency, necessary for prudent use of public resources.
Fibre optic network
President Kenyatta called on the ICT ministry to use all innovations to ensure that all counties access the system even as the government works on the plan to ensure all parts of the country are connected to the fibre optic network.
“This is not an issue that can wait and we want you to create the necessary connectivity. Be innovative,” said the Head of State during the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit held at State House, Nairobi.
CS Joe Mucheru said the ministry was working closely with the Council of Governors (CoG) and was looking at all aspects of connectivity. He said that the ministry plans to spread the fibre network to beyond county headquarters so that it reaches all parts of the country.
The CS added that the ministry also plans to connect all government buildings in the country to the fibre network to create efficiency in all sectors.
“We will also ensure 4000 health centres in the country are linked to the fibre network,” said the President.
The cabinet secretary promised that his ministry will work closely with other agencies that have countrywide networks like Kenya Power and the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO).