Uhuru: ICT to transform Kenyans
30 October 2013, 12:37
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta reaffirmed his administration’s
commitment to use information and communication technologies to transform the
lives of Kenyans.
The head of state made the pledge during the just-ended
three-day Transform Africa summit.
“ICT is no longer a luxury but a powerful tool to
transform and improve the lives of Kenyans at large,” said Kenyatta at a
session titled “The Coalition of the Willing.”
He added that his government was fully determined to
ensure that Kenyans benefited from the advantages of ICT and related
He indicated that Kenya had prioritized the use of ICT in
its development agenda due to its potential to trigger and industrial
revolution that the county desperately needs for transformation.
He said ICT was vital in reducing the cost of
conducting business, which was key to spurring economic growth.
The president pointed out that job creation for the
thousands of unemployed youths in the country was among the issues embracing
ICT would help address.
The leader mentioned the laptop project for primary
school going children that featured prominently in his election manifesto as a
sign of his governments’ commitment to promoting ICT in the county.
He added that his government introduced the scheme to
ensure ICT education stems right from the basic education level.
Kenyatta added that allowing children access to ICT at a
tender age would enable them to interact with the rest of the continent and
thus foster faster integration of the continent.
A series of failed procurement tenders, which government
has blamed on high rates by bidders, has however derailed the exercise.
Kenyans have been quick to embrace ICT especially with
the introduction of fibre cable internet.
– CAJ News