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Youth urged to embrace ICT to be employable  

The Vihiga County Government in partnership with the Chinese firm, Huawei and the Equity Bank in a deal that would see the corporates train the youth in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and financial literacy skills respectively.

Huawei has a truck with power and internet ports, where desktops and laptops can be fixed for use and it moves around for access by potential learners across the County, while the Bank provides some employees to train the learners.

The Vihiga Governor, Dr. Wilber Ottichilo, said the month-long training that kicked-off, Tuesday, would equip the beneficiaries with the highly needed ICT skills and consequently boost their employability, as well enable them secure online jobs.

Dr. Ottichilo commended the Ministry of Information Communications and Digital Economy (MOIC&DE), for establishing an ICT hub at the Kaimosi Friends College that he said would benefit the college fraternity and the local community.

He added that other digital hubs are to be set up at Sabatia and Bunyore Technical and Vocational Training Centres.

“The ICT-Authority, which is an Agency under the MOIC&DE, is going to install wi-fi hotspots in major market centres, including Mbale, Luanda, Chavakali and Mudete,” he said.

Huawei’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager, Ian Korir, encouraged more residents to turn-up for the programme.

He said each learner would have 40 hours of training and they will be issued with certificates at the end of the course.

Korir challenged the youth to embrace ICT, so that they come up with innovations that would turn-around their fortunes.

By Tony Gisairo

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