Sarah Ndung’u @ndungusarah
President Uhuru Kenyatta will next month issue 50,000 title deeds to Nairobi residents. The Head of State announced yesterday that systems have been put in place to hasten the procedures necessary for one to acquire a title deed.
Speaking at City Hall after launching Sh1.3 billion ultra-modern data centre, President Uhuru lauded Governor Mike Sonko for rolling out the technology initiative, which will ensure a centralised payment system and urged other counties to emulate Nairobi.
With digitalising 90 out of the 136 revenue streams, the county government will be able to pay its employees on time. He lamented the escalating land issues in the county, which he said are orchestrated by lack of requisite documents. We are delighted to continue with the task of seeking to expand Kenya’s infrastructure, including roads, rail links and drainage.
These are important cogs in building the environment that creates jobs needed by Kenya’s youth,” said the President adding that his aim is to see the change that will benefit the people of Nairobi and the country at large.
The President assured his commitment to devolution saying last week, he assented to the County Allocation of Revenue Amendment Bill which effectively gives the Treasury the green light to disburse at least Sh77.4 billion to all the 47 counties.
“We are not in competition with county governments but collaborators,” he added. Deputy President William Ruto said Nairobi with the largest population and voters in Kenya is the backbone of the economy. “It has the highest Gross Domestic Product, it’s the capital city and to transform Kenya, we must start with Nairobi,” said Ruto.
Sonko said the communication infrastructure will digitise services and operations in the county by automating all services in the county to serve everyone irrespective of their race, tribe or political affiliation.
World Bank and the Information Communication Technology Authority pumped in Sh800 million for the supply of active and unified communication while City Hall contributed Sh380million for data centre and structures, said Sonko.
“The system will move the county from offering manual, paper-based, cash-based services to digital solutions. We are rolling out emails for all staff, installing modern telephone system, CCTV cameras in and around City Hall and City Hall Annex and establish a modern website,” he said.