By David Mukara

22nd October, 2018

The Ministry’s role in each of the Big Four Agendas is clearly cut out and most of its related programmes are already up, and running the Principal Secretary in the State Department of ICT has said.

In healthcare, through National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI), the Ministry is providing an infrastructure through which health related applications will run. It will, for instance, enable a patients have an x-ray at one health facility and have access to it hassle free from any other centre courtesy of a centralised repository.

The Principal Secretary was speaking today at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development when he launched the Training of Trainers (TOT) Programme for the Ajira Digital Programme. The Trainers drawn from the 47 Counties are expected to train youths in their respective counties on Ajira Digital Programme. The programme seeks to introduce young people to online work and provide them with the necessary tools, training and mentorship to enable them to work and earn a decent income.

In Food security, the PS said that the Ministry will continue to enhance e-agriculture by providing data that can be helpful to the farmers. E-agriculture seeks to enhance agriculture and rural development through improved information and communication processes.

“Technology is providing us with an opportunity to even be able to identify the best soils, the type of crops, the best time to plant because there is a lot of data and information about agriculture, that we can analyse to help us make the right decision so that we do not do guess work farming but precision agriculture,” Said the PS.

In Housing, the Ministry is providing guidelines to the government department responsible for housing to ensure that the houses will be e-ready once they are completed. Additionally, the Ministry is also working on a Geographic Information System (GIS) to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present spatial or geographic data.

In Manufacturing, the Principal Secretary said that the Ministry has already established two local assemblies for the laptops under the Dilgital Literacy Programme. The local assembly lines are in Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Each line can assemble more than 1000 devices per day.