The  forthcoming 12th  Parliament has been urged to embrace the Ajira Digital Online Jobs in order to boost sources of employment for the ballooning educated youth population in the country.

Principal Secretary (PS) State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Sammy Itemere made the appeal when he briefed journalists on the sidelines of the Third Medium Term Plan (TMTP) 2018-2022 County Consultation Forum at Broad Park Hotel in Mbale town, Vihiga County on Monday.

Itemere noted that the Ajira Digital Programme, spearheaded by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT), is an ambitious project aimed at assisting youth secure online jobs. The PS observed that a bigger segment of educated youth in Kenya was unutilized due to scarcity of formal job opportunities hence the need to prepare them for online job opportunities.

“The Ministry has launched a digital training programme aimed at empowering youths with online job skills,” said Itemere, adding that about 10,000 youths had already been enrolled into the project.

The first lot of trainees, who were drawn from Kisumu, Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri and Meru are currently receiving technological skills on how to exploit the internet and search well-paying jobs from online from numerous sites using smartphones, laptops as well as desktops.

Itemere cited transcription works and receipt production as some of the easily available online jobs for the Kenyan youths.

A section of participants that attended the Third Medium Term Plan County Consultation Forum at a Mbale Town hotel, Vihiga County

The PS however expressed disappoint over the low number of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the just adjourned 11th parliament that embraced the Ajira Digital Online Jobs project.

“Officials at the Ministry of Information had a Kamukunji with members of the August House in Nairobi in 2016 where they lobbied for the construction of at least four constituency innovation hubs in every Sub-County,” the PS revealed.

“In fact, almost all MPs in Vihiga and entire former Western Province never embraced the idea and none of them constructed even a single hub in their constituencies,” regretted Itemere.

The PS hoped and urged MPs who would form the 12th Parliament to embrace the programme by constructing the innovation hubs, adding that the National Government was ready to install the hubs with free internet services to enable the trained youths search and access the online jobs at no internet costs.

The Ministry has prepared a few hubs in some parts of the country that would be used by graduates of the Ajira Digital Training Programme, the PS disclosed.

Itemere revealed that Kakamega and Vihiga counties would be among the counties that would produce the second group of Ajira Digital trainees.