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Rachel Ruto launches Jitume Digital Hub at Butere Girls – Kenya News Agency

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First Lady Rachael Ruto has underscored the need to equip students with relevant computer skills to prepare them for the digital Kenya they will encounter after finishing school.

Mrs. Ruto spoke while launching a digital hub at Butere Girls National School, Kakamega County, that will enhance students’ skills to enable them to access the digital job market in the future.

She lauded Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo for the implementation of the Jitume Digital Hub in the school.

“The full implementation of the government’s digital plan will eventually spur a wave of jobs across the country,” she noted.

The First Lady said the Kenyan government is digitising the country with a view to creating job opportunities for the youth.

She noted that the Butere Girls Hub will encourage the students to be diligent in pursuant to their education, especially those focusing on Science, Engineering, Mathematics and all other courses.

On his part, Information, Communications, and The Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo said the government plans to establish and connect 1,450 wards in the country as envisaged in their agenda to create more opportunities for the youth.

Owalo added that the Ministry has created a blueprint for the project to see all parts of the Country connected to the internet. “Our youth can now work remotely for different clients abroad to get paid in dollars and increase their earnings,” he said.

The CS pointed out that the government has installed 100,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables across the country for easy access to information through the internet.

He said the government has increased government services in the e-citizen portal from the initial 350 to over 16,000 services that can be accessed through the platform.

By John Ochanda 

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