MICT decentralises functions to regional councils

09 Dec 2016 16:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 09 DEC (NAMPA) - Two functions of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) have been decentralised to the 14 regional councils.
The Minister of ICT, Tjekero Tweya on Friday handed over the functions of audiovisuals and print media directorates at a ceremony in Otjiwarongo.
The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development is the custodian of Government’s decentralisation programme that started in 1996.
Some functions of three ministries; education, works’ maintenance directorate and ministry of lands, have been decentralised in an effort to accelerate development and bring the Government closer to the people.
“Therefore, I am extremely delighted to inform you that my ministry has become the fourth to decentralise its functions after having gone through various policy and legal requirements as stipulated in the Decentralisation Implementation Plan.”
Tweya said as from Friday, the production of audio-visual materials; provision of the public address systems; script writing for local content; and the development and publication of printed materials of government’s policies and programmes will be done at the regional level.
By doing so, the minister said he wants to see enhanced and strengthened regional and local media content that promote regional economic growth through telling stories of each region.
Tweya urged the regional councils to take charge of the two functions and plan together with MICT staff to implement, manage and monitor the information to be collected and services delivered to people.
He said the MICT will continue to provide resources to the regional offices and capacitate through training staff-members in essential fields.
Transferring functions from a ministry to the regional councils means staff, assets and funds will also be transferred from the central government (MICT) to the regional offices and the chief regional officers will have signatory rights.
In a speech delivered on her behalf, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, applauded MICT for finalising the decentralisation process.
She called on the two ministries to continue working together and ensure the periodic monitoring and assessment of the decentralised functions.
“To the regional councils, you are called upon to fully embrace and integrate these functions and staff-members, and also use such capacity provided to render more professional and improved services to the people in your respective regions,” said Shaningwa.
Chairpersons and chief regional officers of the 14 regions were also at the event.