SAFARICOM TOLD TO PRIORITIZE EDUCATION AS PART OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – DG LOTETHIRO

There is need for Safaricom service provider to help improve standards of education in the county through offering scholarships support to bright students from needy families, DG Peter Lotethiro has said.
Speaking today in his office when he hosted a delegation from Safaricom, DG Lotethiro called on safaricom to widen their Corporate Social Responsibility projects in the areas of Education, water and information communication technology(ICT). Citing marginallization and hostile environment in learning institutions in most parts of the County, the Deputy governor asked the network provider to help Turkana to be at par with other counties in education by offering education scholarships.

Lotethiro highlighted how the county government has embraced information communication technology through digitalization of its services such as automation of revenue collection.

He gave an example of E-sourcing and E-procurement where suppliers and contractors get online notification of government tenders.

While appreciating Safaricom for narrowing services to interior parts of the county, the DG said that there is a lot to be done so that those living in remote areas and especially along the the borders that are prone to insecurity can be assisted through improved Network connectivity.

Deputy county secretary Robert Loyelei expressed county’s commitment in partnering with the service providers in the areas of Research and development, security surveillance, food security and Tourism through investing in ICT.

He said that the county government is ready to provide conducive environment to any organization dealing with mobile telephony to provide a wide network coverage for the whole county.

Safaricom delegation led by Mr. Tom Were, had paid a courtesy call to discuss issues touching on Economic empowerment, digitalization of revenue collection and network connectivity in the county.

Also in attendance were CEC Finance and Economic Planning Robert Lotelengo, James Eripon (ICT Director) and TCG ICT officers.