Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Principal Secretary (PS) Jerome Ochieng has urged the youth to embrace online jobs in order to bridge the unemployment gap in the country.
Speaking during the official launch of the four Rongo Constituency Creative and Innovation hubs on 27th September 2019, the PS also stressed that parents play an important role in determining the future careers of their children and should encourage the youth towards online opportunities.
“The Creative and Innovation Hubs are part of the Government commitment to create employment opportunities for the youth,” the PS said.
The ICT PS was accompanied by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, Mama Ida Odinga, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Managing Director Naim Bilal and Mathare Member of Parliament, Hon. Anthony Oluoch.
Addressing during the event, Mama Ida Odinga who the Chief Guest challenged the youth in Rongo to grab the opportunity and sharpen their ICT skills at the launched tech hubs. Mama Ida said technology has changed and will continue changing the world and therefore young people should embrace it with seriousness.
“Technology is opening up the world and young people should embrace it. It can be the solution to unemployment among the youth in the country,” she added.
In his remarks, Dr. Mutua indicated that KFCB and KBC have teamed up in the roll out of Sinema Mashinani and Studio Mashinani projects to create employment opportunities for the youth through the Creative Economy at the grassroots level and urged the youth to focus on job creation and not job seeking.
The launched innovation hubs are located in Nyarach, East Kamagambo, Tuk-Jowi and Chamgi Wadu, and have been equipped with internet and other facilities with the aim of taping talents in the creative youths in line with the presidential Big 4 Agenda for sustainable development through job creation.