Siaya Deputy Governor His Excellency Dr. James Ouko Okumbe has today emphasized the significance of freedom of access to information as enshrined in The Constitution of Kenya 2010 and reitarated Siaya County Government’s committment to furthering this freedom.
While presiding over the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the County Government of Siaya and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Siaya Chapter on the publication, production and distribution of a Monthly Siaya County Newsletter, the Deputy Governor noted that this partnership will go a long way in sensitizing members of the public on the various projects the County Government has undertaken to date while offering Siaya business owners an opportunity to market their wares thereby enhancing their sales.
The Deputy Governor also encouraged business owners to join the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry to ensure they benefit from the fruits of this Memorandum of Understanding. He further encouraged all business persons including tailors, carpenters, hoteliers, contractors, hardware owners, supermarkets, laundry shops, land dealers among others to market their products and services through this medium.
The Newsletter will be produced and distributed to all corners of the county through the County ward administrators, sub county administrators and soon to be formed village councils thereby offering business persons a wide range of market for their goods. The arrangement will see The Chamber of Commerce mobilize business owners to buy space in the Monthly Newsletter and the costs used to produce copies to be distributed for free to members of the public on a monthly basis.
On his part, The Siaya Chamber of Commerce County Executive Officer Michael Francis committed that the Chamber will also work with institutions like schools, churches among others to reach the wider population of Siaya County with information and advertisments. Mrs. Roseline Amuga who chairs the Siaya Chapter of The Chamber of Commerce lauded the continued collaboration between the County Government and the Chamber while noting that business owners are separately cooperating with the County Government on current Siaya town regeneration program that will see businesses appropriately resettled to provide space for better town development.
“We seek to work closely with mainstream media and not in competition in order to offer members of the public a wide variety of information to their benefit”, noted the Deputy Governor. “We welcome all other partners in the civil society and non-government organizations to work with us to inform the public of the various programs they are involved in within the County through this medium”, added Dr. Okumbe.