Government has launched a containerised village Information centre in Nyachuru, Mashonaland Central as it aims at bridging the digital gap between rural and urban.
In a statement, the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Director General Dr Gift Machengete said remote areas should not be left out as the country shift to the new normal of ICT due to Covid 19.
“Ladies and gentlemen, marginalised communities such as the Nyachuru community should not be left behind in this new normal where life itself will be centred on ICTs. This is why it gives me great pleasure to be welcoming you all to this important launch of the Nyachuru Containerised 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,” said Dr Machengete.
POTRAZ General further added that, access to information is everyone’s rights like any other
“At POTRAZ, we believe that access to affordable, quality information communication technologies (ICTs) is a basic right of every citizen in as much as access to clean water is a basic right. In this regard, through the Universal Services Fund POTRAZ has embarked on a number of projects in this Province that are aimed at ensuring Universal Access to ICTs.”
He further added the containerised information centre will help the community to easily adopt the new normal as gatherings, schooling and agricultural activities have been disturbed by Covid 19.
“Due to COVID – 19 pupils and students failed to attend school, large companies and small enterprises failed to operate, people failed to seek medical attention at clinics and hospitals.
“However, people were quick to realise that all this could be done virtually through ICTs. In the midst of the pandemic, ICTs provided platforms for e-learning, e-health, e-agriculture, e-commerce and virtual meetings where physical interaction was replaced by virtual interaction. ICTs also provided for livestreaming of church services, weddings and funerals. “
POTRAZ has been a pillar during this period of Covid 19 as it thrives to provide ICT to everyone.
To date, the Authority has erected two (2) shared base station towers in the Chidodo and Muswewenhede areas. The Province boasts of 15 Community Information Centres courtesy of POTRAZ, four (4) of which are containerised, while eleven (11) were set up at Post Offices. The other containerised units, Hon Ministers, are at Karanda Mission Hospital, Madziwa Business Centre, and St Albets Mission.