Following the inauguration speech of Uasin Gishu Governor H.E Jackson Mandago EGH on the 2017/2022 term in office, he stressed on the need to have an e-Government.
This was to see services trickling down to the wananchi with ease.
According to the County Executive Member for ICT, Trade and Industrialization, Dr. Emily Kogos, the adoption of e-parking, a system which is powered by the UGPay that was put into use an year ago is one of the areas pointed out by the county boss.
Kogos says the move has not only realized maximum revenue collection but also sealed alleged loopholes making it more effective and efficient. It is also cost effective as it is paperless.
In this finacial year and eight months down the line, the county has already realized a revenue collection amounting to sh73.1m.
According to Finance Chief Officer Peter Chesos, if the trend of collection maintains its percentage, then the total parking revenue at the close of the financial year 2018/2019 is estimated to be sh105m.
“This is an approximate difference of sh40m from last financial year 2017/2018 where we colleted a total of sh66.9m” said Chesos last week in his office.
It should be remembered that the attainment of success of the e- parking services was made through the support of the county leadership where innovation is one of the core values.
County ICT director Titus Kimaiyo says the automation of parking saw the multiplication of revenue following the adoption of a tech-android App by the county.
Kimaiyo notes that the App sealed all the loopholes that are alleged to have been providing collusion of parking attendants and the motorists.
The parking attendance drawn from the Finance section are provided with phones to help in checking and verifying codes for the vehicles that have paid for parking slots.
“It is now easy and convenient to pay your parking fee.It is done through Mpesa and this is within the shortest time possible unlike when receipts were issued. The Paybill No is 646464” added the ICT guru.
And as the world is tilting towards the digital era, the county government through the department of ICT and e-Government is working towards the attainment of a unified licensing portal that will incorporate all other types of licenses.
“With the state of the art data centre, (the TIER 2) which houses the systems, soon we will formulate all the county services into e-services” reiterated Kimaiyo.
Recently, a world bank delegation toured the County to explore avenues of having a partneship with the county on automation of e-construction permits.
The automation of revenue services was in a move to realize the county’s target of sh1.2b by the close of the finacial year.