News Categories: Administration, Public Service and e-Government

27 Jul
By: Evans Sirma 0

LREB Trade and Investment Communication, Marketing And Publicity Committee conducts its first business.

The Communication, Marketing and Publicity Committee of the LREB’S annual Trade and Investment Conference conducted it’s first business in Bomet County on Friday, 27th July 2018.

The meeting which brought together Communication Directors and representatives from Nitabaki Afrika was convened to draw a communication and marketing strategy for the conference to be held later in October this year.
Ezra Kirui took the opportunity to reiterate Bomet County’s preparedness to host the event.
“In as much we are still in the preliminary stages, I can reassure you that plans are in top gear to host the conference” noted Kirui.

On her part LREB’s Director of Communication, Mrs Vera Ogolla reiterated the importance of proper branding and media visibility to not only catapult the bloc to the world map but to also act as a market point for the member counties.
She added that there was need for a multi-thronged approach to create visibility by engaging both print and broadcast as well as new media.

Donald Mwita, a lead consultant from Nitabaki Afrika while presenting on the conference’s website said that the site was at least 40% complete and urged the counties who had not sent their documentaries or video montage marketing their counties to do so by the end of the month.

He took the opportunity to defend the secretariat’s decision to host a new website other than have it as a sub-domain of the bloc’s website by stating that the site had three integrations to cater for: Summit and Gala Night, Investment Conference and the Diaspora Tourist Harvest hence the need to host it as an events site.
“our intention is to go live with the website by the first week of August.” he went on to add.

The meeting which was attended by the communication directors Machuka Maseme-Kisii, Martin Kiplimo – Nandi, Timothy Kemboi-Kericho, Juma Aluoch-Homabay , Eric -Siaya and the host Ezra Kirui asserted that a concerted effort was needed to ensure proper media campaign during and prior to the conference.
In attendance were also Brigid Korir Deputy Communications Director Bomet County, Elizabeth Mayabi a communications officer from Kakamega County, her counterpart from Siaya Eric Okumu as well Koech Theophilus Director ICT -Bomet and Anthony Nyakwara from Nitabaki Africa.

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19 Jul
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi County assured of a bright future as automation of systems runs across the county government’s departments

The 3rd Edition of the Commission on Revenue Allocation Conference took place between the 28th and 31st may 2018 in Kwale County. The theme dubbed “Automation for Enhanced Revenue and Fiscal Responsibility” was the focal point around which discussion was made. Of importance to note is the need to improve revenue collection under the Own Revenue Source (OSR).

The conference noted a number of key challenges facing counties in their quest to meet revenue targets. This was an opportunity for ICT and Revenue directorates to discuss ways in which counties are able to scale the heights despite the obstacles.

Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Nandi County’s Chief Officer in Charge of ICT & e-Government, Misoi Jonathan highlighted key areas in ICT that will boost the county’s revenue automation process. As part of the panelist discussing how status of automation in Counties, Misoi noted the need for Counties to implement a number of strategies.

Among other strategies, the department has finalized setting up a structure that will ensure effective working structures for ICT staff. The department now has three Directorates (ICT Infrastructure, Systems, e-Government and Communications and Public Relations.

The department has also completed drafting policies that will be approved soon to help the county in the journey of utilizing technologies for efficient service delivery. The policies include ICT Policy and Standards Guidelines and Procedures.

Currently, the Revenue System is undergoing upgrades that will ensure that residents pay for services easily and conveniently. To enhance enforcement, Misoi is proposing a public app whose details will be released in a few months’ time.

County ICT Infrastructure

In a bid to ensure proper networking in the county, the department has finalized a review of County Network Infrastructure that will allow fully-fledged automation. The Network infrastructure once in place and its backbone being the National Optic Fibre Infrastructure (NOFBI), will allow various automation of processes within the Nandi County Government.

The Chief Officer also indicated that plans are underway to develop a robust Data Centre that will act as Recovery center for systems currently hosted on the Cloud. 

Collaborations

As the county government seeks fast track the penetration of ICT skills in the county, the department recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) that will see a number of areas for collaborations both in ICT and Agriculture. One of the areas is to enhance ICT centers and training the youth on latest technologies and opportunities therein.

The two entities through their respective ICT sections have finalized the proposals under the ICT area of collaboration in the MOU. The proposal covers nine ICT Capacity Building tracks for the Executive, the County Assembly, the ICT Technical Staff, the County Staff, the Youth and members of the public, a 15-agent Call Centre, a 4 tier Data Centre (4 Tier Data Centre, Human Resource Tracking Software development, TAIFA Laptop supply to the County Executive and County Assembly, Spatial Planning, GIS Laboratory and related Capacity Building, ICT and Communications Strategy Development, and development of ICT Incubation Hubs.

As he seeks to transform the ICT department, Misoi noted the importance of reaching out to development partners like World Bank to support Projects that will create job opportunities for the youth. He mentioned that he was in the process of finalizing a proposal for Business and ICT Incubation Centres (BIIC) that will be hosted in the Major towns in the county to help incubate bright ideas from the youth.

The CO assures that he will proactively look for development partners and well-wishers to realize this dream. Already Computer for Schools Kenya is in the process of equipping all Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) with computers. Going forward through partnerships, the department will be hosting Yearly Conference dubbed “Startups, Exhibition and Awards” that will bring together Youth with enterprising minds and ideas in various fields such as Agri-Business, ICT and other innovations. This forum will allow them to showcase their ideas to potential venture capitalists, funding institutions and well-wishers.

 Final Take

As he sets out on a journey to transform County Government of Nandi, Misoi appeals to all employees and citizens to accept that technology is here with us and there is need to change and accept the new normal that will hasten service delivery. He ends with this quote to encourage both employees and citizens to accept changes that will be brought about by technology:

Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.” – Frances Hesselbein

 

 

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19 Jul
By: Evans Sirma 0

Health Management Information System roll out begins as new Website is unveiled.

Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) roll out picks up pace for all hospitals in the county. Stakeholder’s forum organized at Nandi Cottages introduced all attendees (doctors, nurses, administrators etc) to the new system which comes with re-engineered processes to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.

While officially opening the forum, the Deputy County Secretary Ms. Truphena Kobiro applauded the ICT and E-Government for providing the much needed solutions in the health sector. She urged the stakeholders to embrace the new system as it will ensure effective management of health informatio

The CEC Member in charge of Administration, Public Service and E-Government Hon. Teresa C. Morogo, equally supported the change resulting from transformative automation projects in which the ICT sector is helping the health sector achieve their objectives. She guaranteed support to the ICT sector as the county heads to automation of many other services in various departments in the county.

The CO Health and Sanitation Dr. Paul Lagat embraced HMIS and stated that the new system will ensure efficiency in the process of health provision.

While appreciating the efforts by the health department to enhance services through HMIS, The CO in charge of ICT and E-Government, Mr. Misoi Jonathan, emphasized on the need for automation of systems within the county for effective service delivery. He lauded Wilcom Technologies Ltd for competitively participating in a transparent tendering process by presenting the most impressive HMIS and exuded confidence that the system will meet its intended purpose.

HMIS is intended to automate outpatient, inpatient, pathology, Radiology, Procurement, inventory, financial accounting, generating of MIS reports, HR and payroll among other modules. It is majored in more efficient operations and improves patients’ well-being. The systems’ implementation will therefore enable the sector improve quality of care, patient satisfaction and reduced health care cost. Training and implementation process is set to start within the next one month so as to enable users to understand how to navigate through the system.

All these are geared towards achieving efficient and effective health provision which is one of the Tuga Tai’s Big Four Agenda in pursuit of transforming the health sector in Nandi County.

Websites and Citizen Portal

Further, Mr. Misoi took the opportunity to unveil the newly revamped website to be the source of information to the citizens. The CO mentioned that soon, the ICT section will be launching the County Official App (eNandi App) and The Nandi Central Information Portal (NCCIP) that will allow all residents of the county to login and follow everything that goes on the in the County including but not limited to Projects, jobs Board, Professionals and Academic Database, Diaspora portal, Suppliers module, Youth and Sports Module and a comprehensive dashboard that will give real time information from the county Systems.

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17 Jul
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi County’s Big 4 picks momentum

A committee chaired by Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei that is tasked with the process of aligning the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) with that of the National Government’s Big Four agenda held a meeting to deliberate on the structure that is going to guide and align county’s agenda with the National’s agenda of the Big Four.

The County Government of Nandi is seeking to seize and leverage on this timely opportunity and fit in the national government’s plans as it strives to transform lives through manufacturing, Agriculture, affordable housing and universal healthcare.

The County Government has allocated resources for some of the flagship projects in the Financial Year 2018/2019 so as to ensure timely and smooth impleme ntation

#TugaTai
#TransformingNandi

 

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