Minister of information and Communication Technology Jenfan Muswere on Monday launched the Nyachuru containerised village information centre in Mashonaland Central Province to enhance broadband connectivity and bridge digital divide.
The development is part of governments efforts to ensure that those in rural areas have access to ITCs.
Speaking during the launch the ICT Minister said, “ Community Information Centres, and indeed, Containerised Village Information Centres, are an integral part of that drive as they enable local communities to have access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) services at affordable rates.”
“As a country we do not leave anyone behind when it comes to broadband connectivity, whether they are living in rural areas or in urban centres.”, he said.
He added that the ICT Ministry is in full support of the drive by POTRAZ to bridge the digital divide through the different programmes the Regulator is undertaking to ensure that those in remote rural areas of our country also have access to ICTs.
While urging local community of Nyachuru and surrounding areas, to make full use of the facilities commissioned.
Speaking during the same event Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) director-general Gift Machengete said , marginalised communities such as the Nyachuru community should not be left behind in this new normal where life itself will be centred on ICTs.
“Village Information Centre, which will certainly see the local community adapting to the new way of life – the ICT way of life.”
“ This is the first of many launches of similar sites as Government, through POTRAZ, steps up efforts of bridging the rural urban digital divide,” he said.