Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Communications and the Digital Economy, CS Eliud Owalo has presided over the launch of the Jitume Digital Hub at Bungoma North Technical and Vocational College in Tongaren, Bungoma County.
Besides the launch of the Jitume Digital Hub yesterday 19th January, CS Owalo was also present with President Ruto on 17th January as the President launched a Digital Hub in Bidii Ward, Kwanza Sub-County, Kitale, Transnzoia County.
Also present at the lauch of the Jitaume Digital Hub were PS, ICT and the Digital Economy, Eng. John Tanui, MBS, and PS, Broadcasting and Communication, Prof Edward Kisiang’ani, CBS.
The primary objective of the digital hubs is to provide Kenyan youth with access to digital skills, e-services and online job opportunities.
The digital drive is part of the Kenyan government’s decision in 2023 to build 1,450 ICT hubs for citizen digital literacy training, film creation, and public access to government services in all wards across the country, starting 2024.
CS Owalo believes the hubs would help Kenya’s ICT sector grow, which will prove critical in advancing ICT-related development and the digital economy.
“I can assure you that you will not see us in the offices in the New Year. We’ll be out in the field deploying the 1,450 digital hubs’, he said during the government’s announcement last year.
Kenya’s Digital Masterplan 2022-2032 governs the systematic delivery of ICT infrastructure, services, and skill development. It also provides the country with a 10-year strategy for ICT projects to help investors determine their priorities.
As of December 2023, a total of 247 Digital Hubs have been installed nationwide. This initiative marks a significant development for the youth, opening doors to career and entrepreneurship prospects in the digital realm.