West Pokot County Connects Government Institutions to High-Speed Internet, Empowering Youth and Community

Internet connectivity within Kenya’s capital Nairobi is far at an advanced level that you’ll almost not likely see an estate that lacks a fixed fibre internet provider. The same is however not the case in other parts of the country, West Pokot County in particular – known for lack development is now making a name for itself by enhancing communication and service delivery through the Last Mile Internet Connectivity program. According to the deputy County Commissioner Wycliffe Munanda who has announced the program’s launch at the West Pokot County Kenya Urban Roads Authority offices in Kapenguria town, the county aims to get internet connectivity to national and county government institutions currently lacking access, fostering an efficient and effective delivery of services.

Quick Summary

  • Internet Connectivity: Government institutions in West Pokot County are being connected to the digital superhighway, enhancing communication and service delivery.
  • Youth Empowerment: The program offers opportunities for youth to engage in digital jobs and online businesses.
  • Community Involvement: Local communities are involved in the project, creating employment and ensuring quality work.

Overview of the Last Mile Connectivity Program

Deputy County Commissioner Munanda initiated the program that has since successfully linked institutions and government offices. In the two weeks they plan to connect 24 more sites that currently lack internet access.

Munanda highlighted the advantages of internet connectivity in providing people with opportunities to explore digital job prospects through digital hubs. While acknowledging connectivity challenges in areas like Alale, Kacheliba and Lelan he remains optimistic that improved connectivity will empower youth in these regions to engage in businesses and access job opportunities.

Socio-economic Benefits

The Last Mile Internet Connectivity program is in line with the grassroots focused Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA). Internet access plays an important role in supporting sectors such as business, healthcare, education, security and social interactions.

DCC Munanda encouraged youth to utilize their devices for work opportunities enabling them to work for multinational corporations and earn an income.

Engagement with the Community and Ensuring Quality

Barran Telecommunication, the projects contractor, is dedicated to adhering to the standards set by the Ministry of Information Communication and Digital Economy. Dennis Ochieng, the field manager stressed the importance of collaboration from stakeholders, at both county levels to ensure a successful implementation process. Ochieng also promised to employ workers for the project, which will benefit the community and support job opportunities.

Focus, on Education and Youth Empowerment

The implementation of the Mile Connectivity program is making a difference in schools and youth centers in West Pokot. Mr. Stephen Akuto, the Principal of Chewoyet National School expressed appreciation for the internet service highlighting its significance in today’s tech world. By providing internet access, the school can lower expenses and enrich educational experiences.

Youth centers in Makutano, Chepareria and Sigor offer training programs for individuals to equip them with digital skills. Through this initiative personal modems are distributed to encourage youth involvement with the world, enabling them to delve into the market and unlock new prospects.

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