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State to equip youths with digital skills, Owalo says

The government, through the Ministry of Information, communications, and the digital economy is committed to equipping the Kenyan youth with market-ready digital skills.

 

According to the Ministry’s Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo, this will prepare the youths for the job market and also link them to technology jobs in the global marketplace.

 

Mr. Owalo was speaking at St Mary’s School Yala in Siaya County after launching a Jitume Digital laboratory in the school.

 

He was accompanied by among others, Siaya county commissioner, Jim Njoka and area member of Parliament, Elisha Odhiambo.

 

The cabinet secretary said that as part of the initiative, his ministry will equip institutions with computers and provide them with digital connectivity and free digital skills training.

 

“This initiative is part of the fulfillment of the Kenya Kwanza government’s promise to create job opportunities for the youth within the digital economy,” said Owalo.

 

Owalo expressed satisfaction with the zeal with which the students have taken up ICT and urged institutions to institutionalize ICT and make it an integral part of learning and digital working.

 

Addressing the occasion, local leaders led by Gem MP, Elisha Odhiambo and politician Fredrick Oyugi Dor called on students to make good use of the computers, adding that those who excel in the ICT world have a bright future.

 

The area county commissioner Mr. Njoka urged students to be disciplined and keep off alcohol and drug abuse if they were to make better citizens.

 

The cabinet secretary was flanked by among others Suba South MP, Caroli Omondi and CAS designate for mining, blue economy, and maritime affairs, Fred Outa.

 

By Philip Onyango

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