Information, Communications and the Digital Economy CS Mr. Eliud Owalo today presided over the opening of a Jitume Digital Lab at Makasembo Secondary School in Uyoma, Rarieda Constituency, Siaya County.

Since the program’s launch in December 2022, the government has inaugurated 247 digital hubs across the country.

The CS mentioned that the government, led by H.E President Dr. William Ruto, has trained over 390,968 youths, with more than 119,462 youths getting employment through Digital Jobs.

The Jitume Kazi Digital Labs project is a collaboration of the Ministry, through the ICT Authority and Konza Technopolis Development Authority, and the Ministry of Education, through the Technical and Vocational Education Training Authority (TVETA).

From constructing a Digital Superhighway to rolling out free public Wi-Fi hotspots and establishing Digital Hubs, the government is building a future where innovation drives economic growth.

The Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) recognizes ICT as the most critical driver for sustainable people-centered economic development in Kenya, across all sectors. ICT is, accordingly, one of the five pillars of BETA.

The others being agriculture and food production, affordable housing, universal healthcare and growth of the medium and small enterprises sector.

But, at the same time, ICT is also recognized as a success focal point in its own right.

The CS was accompanied by former Rarieda MP Eng. Nicholas Gumbo; Chairman of Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority, Jack Ranguma; Chairman of Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Mr. Charles Owino; Director of Bomas of Kenya, Mr. Phares Oguda; Ms. Josephine Ndambuki of Konza; and former MCA Kennedy Obuya, among others.