The Uasin Gishu county government is targeting to collect about Sh 1 billion each financial year following the launch of an automated revenue collection and finance management system in the devolved unit.
Speaking during the launch of the automated system at Juakali shopping centre, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said the UG Pay will help reduce cost and time during payment of revenue.
“You will no longer need to travel to county headquarters to acquire permits, or make payments. You can now do it in the comfort of your home,” said Chemno.
The project that cost about Sh.38.5 million is set to improve the county’s revenue collection.
The County executive in charge of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Barnabas Sang, said that the ICT department will do door to door registration of land for automation.
“We are currently experiencing challenges in terms of gadgets. We have only procured 200 of them, and we are yet to train staff and residents on the same,” said Sang.
Chemno said the new form of payment is going to help in resolving challenges such as non-compliance from the residents and non-efficient record keeping at the county offices.
He called upon people to ensure they pay their revenue through the use of the newly launched system.
He further urged people to pay their land rates, business permits and packing fees to enable the county government carry out other projects.
“Paying your revenue will enable the government to employ county workers, give bursary to school children and fund local projects,” he said.
The county assembly deputy Speaker, Hosea Lamai, also urged the area youths to pursue IT related courses, saying the county was embracing IT at a fast rate.
“We should now venture into IT and procurement courses, including cyber cafe businesses since this will enable us secure jobs in those fields,” said Lamai.
UGPay is an initiative of the Uasin gishu county government to boost the county government’s revenue collection.
By Kiptanui Cherono