1000+ eCitizen Services to be Available in Public Universities
1000+ eCitizen Services to be Available in Public Universities. Public universities soon make more than 1,000 of their services available on the eCitizen platform in an effort to meet the state’s deadline for switching to the online portal.
Vice-chancellors and other senior administrators from 47 state institutions are congregating in Athi River to complete the implementation of admissions procedures as directed by President William Ruto.
More than a thousand services offered by public institutions will soon be accessible via the eCitizen portal thanks to President William Ruto’s decision allowing all government entities to embrace digitization.
President Ruto issued an order requiring all public organizations, including colleges, to digitize their services by the end of the year on June 30.
The initiative is intended to minimize corruption and revenue-eroding theft, which are estimated to cost the government millions of shillings, in addition to saving clients who seek government services time and money.
Vice Chancellors and other top executives from 47 public institutions gathered on August 10 in Athi River to complete onboarding admission policies and other crucial services in compliance with this mandate.
In addition to listing the benefits of digital migration, the retreat’s principal secretary of immigration Julius Bitok also mentioned that universities could now monitor online and real-time income collection from student fees and other services supplied by the schools.
The launch of the digital and Unique Personal Identifier number, which is planned for distribution before the end of the year, would coincide with the digital migration strategy, he continued.
The PS asserts that the digitization of all institutions will further increase their accountability and transparency. As a result, all students will be able to use Gava Mkononi, the government’s eCitizen smartphone application, to access all university services.
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He said they thought that once all the services were offered on the platform, a student might use their phone to pay for a meal or a book, allowing the university to collect the money in real time.
Universities will assist the Kenya Kwanza administration in achieving its Ksh4 trillion income target by June 2027 by joining the Citizen platform.
During the 2022–23 fiscal year, the Kenya income Authority (KRA) earned Ksh2.166 trillion in income, up from Ksh2.031 trillion in the year prior.
At the retreat, Bitok said that while they are currently collecting Ksh2.1 trillion in taxes, they expect to earn Ksh4.5 trillion by implementing technology to improve tax collection.
Along with emphasizing the desire to end corruption, he acknowledged the existence of several leaks.
He continued by saying that while the Gava Mkononi app was intended to be distributed in every hamlet and operate inside a mobile money framework, they would also create employment prospects.
President Ruto’s order to implement a uniform pay bill by August 31, 2023, was reiterated by Bitok.
The chief of state ordered that all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies must use a single pay bill number to collect payments for all government services beginning on June 30, 2023. As a result, more than 1,448 pay bill numbers were terminated.
Through Citizen, more than 5,127 government services are currently accessible, and by December 2023, nearly the same number are expected to be fully online.