Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana plans to involve the Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs in creating ICT parks, that will facilitate urbanization in the County.
The ambitious program also known as “Eco-Villages” clusters, was conceived by the Tana River County Government, and aims at revolutionizing urban development and connectedness.
Governor Godhana disclosed that their partnership with the Ministry of ICT and the ICT Authority will utilize the already existing Fiber Optic Network in the area, to launch the ICT parks. The clusters are targeted at providing access to the internet solutions that will address youth unemployment.
The County Government has already set aside a combined budget of Sh.10.2million for urbanization and housing development in Tana River.
Governor Godhana also revealed that experts from the Ministry of ICT have surveyed various areas in the County, to improve network coverage. He expressed his optimism of turning Tana River into a ‘Smart City’.
“If we will have the clusters and ICT parks with a robust network it will be easier to integrate the whole County with electronic programs like e-health and e-education,’’
The “Eco-Villages’’ ICT program aims to develop connectivity and spur development of urban centers in the County. The County has earmarked some remote areas to conduct trials on the ICT clusters. The areas identified include Handampia, Baomo, Mlima Abo, and Makere.
The County’s ICT program comes in the wake of the Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs’ pledge to commit to bringing connectivity to the Northern frontier region of Kenya. While visiting Lodwar on Monday, the ICT Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Katherine Getao the development of ICT infrastructure in the Northern part of the country.