Govt digital empowerment program lauded in Kisumu

Government digital empowerment programs

The government digital empowerment program in the country has continued to receive applaud from various government, private and public quarters.

In Kisumu a board member of a government parastatal has lauded the government for its digital empowerment programs which he noted have been going on in various learning institutions across the Nyanza region.

Lukas Ouko Kirindo, who is a board member at the Lake Basin development authority said the gesture was in line with the government manifesto of providing digital platforms to young people.

Addressing the press in Kisumu, Kirindo particularly commended ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo for taking the lead in the entire process.

Kirindo said more youths can now get access to cheap internet connectivity.

He said that many schools which could not afford to get internet connections can now secure the same.

“Kenya will in due course be part of the global village where youths can get jobs online,” he said.

Kirindo said local people should support Owalo so that more learning institutions can benefit from the government programmes dubbed Jitume.

“CS Owalo has done a lot for young people for the short period that he has been the ICT CS” he said.

He urged youths in the region to support government policies noting that it is aimed at uplifting their lot.
Kirindo said that digital programmes should not be politicized at all.

During a number of launches, Owalo said the digital program being rolled out by the government will benefit at least a million youths across the country each year.

Owalo said the government is establishing digital laboratories at learning institutions to enable youth to acquire digital skills for them to secure local and international job opportunities.

He said the platforms are the best solution in addressing unemployment among the youth.

With formal employment becoming a challenge, the CS said, the digital programme would widen opportunities for the youth who acquire new skills, in accessing the job market.

“We are targeting to produce at least one million Youths each year, who are skilled with digital technologies and we are also reaching out to international digital companies to absorb these graduates,” said Owalo.

To achieve the digital goal, Owalo disclosed that the government had rolled out a digital superhighway targeting 100,000km with fibre optic cable for Kenyans to access reliable and stable internet conductivity.

Fredrick Odiero

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