Government leverages on ICT to create Jobs for Kenyan youth


Jitume Center at The Eldoret National Polytechnic that was launched Friday by ICT Cs Eliud Owalo/Photo James Gitaka

By Llyod Ayego


Cabinet secretary, information, communications & digital economy Eliud Owalo has launched two Jitume centers in Bungoma and Uasin Gishu counties.


The Jitume programme  was conceived by the President to complement the successes of the existing Digital Enablement Programmes, such as Ajira Digital  and the Kenya Youth Employment Programme.


“When President William Ruto’s Administration came into power in 2022, it expanded the mandate of my ministry through assignment of the digital economy function. That automatically places ICT at the core of the Country’s economic transformation agenda, both as an enabler and driver. It is on this basis that the President launched the Jitume Labs Initiative at the Kabete National Technical Polytechnic in December 2022.” Said CS Eliud Owalo.


With the nature of doing businesses shifting to a digital avenue, the CS emphasized on the need to embrace the digital spaces especially by the youth. Technology has put Kenya on the global map as a leading innovation hub. We are home to unique and innovative technologies such as M-PESA, among others.

ICT Cabinet Secretary at TNEP Eldoret/Photo Konza Technopolis

“The Jitume Lab project seeks to address issues of connectivity, device access and digital skills, as well as job opportunities targeted at the Youth, countrywide. In view of this, the Government is targeting to train our Youth on ICT skills using existing TVET institutions. The aim is to create a critical mass of skilled labor to support and benefit from in the digital economy.” Added the CS.


With Kenya having a National Digital Master Plan (2022-2032) that targets to have more than a million Youth  enter the job market annually this training provides them with the right opportunities to close the gaps in ICT and other vocational areas.


“The Kenya National Digital Master Plan (2022-2032) envisages the ICT skills of over one million youth to enter the job market annually. Training them on ICT and other vocational areas will support the rapid adoption of ICT in business. Many of these young people are unable to access training facilities and the programme seeks to address this gap.” Noted Owalo.


The Jitume Labs have been deployed at TVET institutions to take advantage of their already

existing governance system, ability to attract the critical numbers of youth, as well as the

human resource. These Labs have been integrated into TVETs, Constituency Innovation Hubs

and other existing institutions.

TENP Students performing a jig during the Launch of the TENP Jitume Center/Photo James Gitaka


The digital centers will host up to 100 virtual digital infrastructures with broadband

connectivity, reliable power, and security with a program coordinator provided by Konza



“To our Youth, my message today is this: The digital economy train has left the station. Be part of our aspiration”.Said  The  ICT  Cabinet secretary.


The  Eldoret Chief  Principle  Charles Koech applauded the  initiative  saying  it  will upend   the involvement of the youth in the Country’s economic transformation agenda.

Kesses Mp Julius Ruto(L),ICT  Cs. Eliud Owalo and TENP Chief Principle Charles Koech  /Photo Konza Technopolis

Other leaders present in the  launch include Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii , Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka,Kesses Member of Parliament Julius Ruto, Uasin Gishu County Assembly  Speaker Philip Muigei among others.

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