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Nigerian government to embrace Kenyan Digital Literacy Programme 

ICT Principal Secretary Eng Victor Kyalo (left) makes his speech at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT) when a delegation from Nigeria led by Adebayo Shittu, Minister for Communication, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria jetted into the country to benchmark on the progress made on Didital Literacy Programme.Looking on is JKUAT  Vice Chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga.
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The  Nigerian government is seeking to replicate Kenyan Digital Learning Programme (DLP) which is set to transform education content and delivery in primary schools.

This is in recognition of the fact that knowledge was not a preserve of certain country but a shared resource.

“Kenya was technologically ahead globally and its advancement in technology and innovation cannot be under-estimated,” said Nigerian Communications Minister, Mr. Barr Adebayo Shittu.

Mr. Adebayo who spoke to KNA after the launch of Assembly Line of Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT), asked JKUAT management to consider partnering with upcoming Nigerian ICT University to fast-track the fruition of Kenyan idea in Nigeria.

He praised Mr. Joe Mucheru, Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary and Education, Science and Technology counterpart, Dr. Fred Matiang’i for their sterling work in the implementation of the digital literacy programme.

Mr. Mucheru, who was accompanied by the Nigerian Minister and Mr. Francis Wangusi, Director General for Communication Authority of Kenya, opened a two-day Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) capacity building workshop for Africa Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) at a Nairobi hotel. The meeting was held under the theme “Harnessing the Potential of the Africa GAC members for better participation in ICANN.”

The Kenyan ICT Minister, is also keen on the implementation of Konza Technology City, located in a 5,000-acre off the Nairobi – Mombasa Highway.

Konza Smart City, Ksh.1.4 trillion technopolis, a Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project, which is dubbed the Africa’s Silicon Savannah Valley, was planned in line with US’ Silicon Valley.

Mr. Shittu promised to establish a conducive environment for the Kenyan digital devices emphasizing that those African countries needed to unite and manufacture their own.

He commended Kenya government for improving innovations, through technology by creating enabling environment for local and international investors, adding that Kenya was best placed to compete with developed countries.

Eng. Victor Kyalo, ICT and innovations Principal Secretary, revealed that 1200 devices are assembled at the University every day, adding that the Ministry intends to have over 1.2 million devices assembled before the end of the year 2017.

“We are aiming to have over 1.2 million digital devices completely assembled and distributed to public primary schools before the end of this year. This will not only be done here at JKUAT but also Moi University which also won the local assembling chance,” stated Eng. Kyalo.

While acknowledging the role of the National Treasury in funding the implementation of the programme, the Principal Secretary lauded the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for providing electricity to all public primary schools, thus easing the programme management that required electricity connectivity before installation.

The multi-billion programme which was a Jubilee government promise to Kenyans started two years ago with many government departments and agencies on board to facilitate the roll-out and implementation of the noble digital programme.

“Although not all schools have benefited from the programme fruition, the programme has been implemented in 8,660 public primary schools countrywide,” added the Principal Secretary.

As Kenyans, we therefore need to facilitate the development of advanced technology, skills, innovations, new products and exploitation of our commercial potential.

As Joris Toonders noted, “technology, innovations and data in the 21st century are like oil in the 18th century; an immensely, untapped value assets.”

By  Joseph  Kipkoech

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