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Thursday May 25, 2017

The government plans to connect all constituencies across the country with free Wi-Fi.

The projects, known as Constituency Innovation Hubs, will cost Sh100 million, said ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.

The minister said the platform will provide online work opportunities for the youth.

Mr Mucheru said about 10,000 people will be trained starting next month to equip them with skills on how to earn money online.

“As a country we are moving the digital way and we would like to encourage the youth to take up job opportunities that are already available online to learn and improve,” he said at Dedan Kimathi University, where he gave a public lecture on the future of work and opportunities in online freelance work on Tuesday.


Mr Mucheru said the hubs will be equipped with digital devices to enable young people to access the tools for innovation and market creative ideas online that will allow them to earn an income.

The initiative is already working in five constituencies and installation is under way in 16 constituencies, Mr Mucheru said.

“The hub will provide free internet access to the public using the facility to enable them to access online jobs and allow them to obtain agribusiness and microfinance information.

He said his ministry is collaborating with MPs on the Internet access drive.

Mr Mucheru called on more young people to register with the Ajira Digital jobs training platform being undertaken by the government in collaboration with the private sector and development partners for mentorship and to obtain skills for online work.

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