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Kitui County constructs, equips 24 ICT centres to upscale ICT integration 

Kitui County government has constructed and equipped 24 ICT centres to enhance the uptake and adoption of entrepreneurial skills among the youth and women to create business opportunities.

On the same score, the national government has set up Sh8.9 million ICT hub and youth empowerment centre in Migwani Sub-County.

Speaking to Kenya News Agency on Thursday during a tour of the centre in Migwani, area Sub-County Youth Development Officer, Aggrey Nyangweso said the centre which is 99% complete will train the youth on the use of ICT to create online businesses.

“This will be an ICT hub for the youth in this area to tap into the potential and growing space for online businesses at the click of a button. Working online will empower the youth and mitigate delinquent behavior such as drug and substance abuse,” said Nyangweso.

He said the internet has unlimited potential for online jobs such as data clerks, online writers among others which excite the youth who are techno savvy.

The officer has been trained on how to source for online jobs using the government’s Ajira portal and he is an ‘Ajira’ expert to help youths in the area become self-reliant.

The centre has an in-door games section, computer lab, counseling and guidance room, a youth friendly VCT clinic and a meeting hall.

“AMREF donated games equipment valued at Shs 1.2 million for the centre. We will mount them once the building is handed over to use for use,” said Nyangweso.

The design of the youth empowerment centre is envisaged to generate its own income through the use of ICT services and meeting hall rental services.

Daniel Waruingi, area Examinations Officer, said that such a centre will yield the desired results if the youth are sensitized on the importance of engaging in vocational skill training at the polytechnic level.

Waruingi lamented that in 2016 KCSE results, a whopping 735 candidates scored below D plain in the Sub-County, adding that those who obtained such grades did not meet the criteria for selection to tertiary institutions.

“We have liaised with polytechnics to admit these candidates for vocational skill training which are needed as Kenya gears towards an upper middle income status by 2030,” he said.

However, Nyangweso called for career forums for schools to guide students and prepare them for different career paths in future.

“Concerted efforts need to be made if we are to realize attitudinal change towards vocational courses. Teachers should also play their role in ensuring that students are well prepared for life after the examinations,” he added.

By  Yobesh  Onwong’a

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