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Internet will stop teenage pregnancy – CS Kobia

Access  of  internet  among the youths will help in fighting teenage pregnancy, Public Service, Youth and Gender  Affairs  Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof. Margaret  Kobia has said.

While  opening  the Information Communication and Technology Hub for  the youths  in Awendo town, Migori County on Friday,  Kobia  said internet has become a powerful platform for information which could be exploited by the youths to learn the dangers of early and safe sex practices.

She  said  knowledge on sexual reproductive health should be emphasized at the ICT so that teenagers would learn how other countries handle  safe  sex  practices.

The  CS  said availability of central free or affordable internet services would help in shaping lifestyle and opinion among teenagers which in the long run would reduce early pregnancies in rural and urban Kenya.

Prof. Kobia noted that informed youths would make correct decisions hence improved lifestyles.

She urged the residents of Awendo town to use the government ICT facility to improve their living standards by sourcing online modern ways of doing things for instance business opportunities and family life lessons.

The CS added that it was a government programme to fast track provision of internet services at constituency levels to enhance online jobs  through the  Ajira initiative.

The  Migori County Women Representative, Pamela  Odhiambo  reiterated that she settled on ICT centre so that youths could have an opportunity  to  access  online  jobs.

The  Women Rep  said students carrying academic and personal research would have a place to do their work which is accessible to many.

The  Awendo  ICT Centre  is a National Government Affirmative Action Funds (NGAAF) project, fully equipped to accommodate more than  80  youths.

The  Awendo  ICT Centre cost NGAAF Sh.20 million according to the Women Rep.

By  Geoffrey  Satia

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