NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – Public Service Minister Dalmus Otieno on Monday directed Ministries and other pubic offices to prioritise adoption of e-government to match standards of public service delivery in other countries.
He said Kenya was lagging behind compared to other countries in computer technology which was a major cause of delay in service delivery.
“I would like to see an accelerated implementation of e-government in each and every Ministry, and this is such a priority that if it means getting the personnel, that any e-government recruitment should be given top priority, don’t wait for 90 days,” he said.
He said the government will roll out a training programme for public servants to up their technology and skills to improve delivery of services to the public.
The Minister also said the training programme will provide an opportunity for them to advance and choose career paths that will facilitate their growth in their various jobs to enhance motivation as well as create efficiency.
He noted that for a long time most of the civil servants have been stagnated in their positions due to lack of relevant education programmes to support them advance in their careers.
The Rongo legislator emphasised on the need for public workers to explore and invent new ways of working to match the world’s fast growing technological arena.
He spoke when he received a trophy following Kenya’s second position during an African Public Service Week held in Tanzania in June this year.
Mr Otieno asked the Kenyan Public Service Sector to emulate Tanzania which took the 1st position for their commitment to efficient service delivery.
He urged Kenya public workers to fight corruption, develop competitive attitudes and search for innovative ideas that will increase their efficiency.
“Tanzania is beating us in very many areas of public service delivery, and they have a big advantage, their temptations to corruption are slightly lower than ours, please be determined to reduce corruption levels in our service delivery,” he said.
He said he will expect a 50 percent improvement in service delivery from all ministries during the Public Service Week to be held next month.