Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Fred Matiangi, has called on the faculty, staff and students of the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton to make use of technological advancement to change their world and create job opportunities.
Speaking during a public lecture held on Tuesday 20th January, 2015 at the University auditorium and themed: “Harnessing ICT For a Better Tomorrow”, Dr. Matiangi, who was accompanied by the Postmaster General, Dr. Enock Kinara, and the Chief Executive Officer of the ICT Authority, Engineer Victor Kyalo, said that information technology is what will define socio-economic development for societies in the future.
“I challenge you faculty and staff to digitalize education, upload content on the website. There are no local contents for broadcast. Please invest in the development of content, the future is going to be digital. Generate content in every field of study,”
“Students you have a whole world of opportunity...and position yourself to Harness ICT,” he added
He stated that he will personally negotiate with a company to ensure that students acquire laptops in line with the government’s vision of styling Kenya as the Information and Communication hub in the region.
“The Government of Kenya is ready to support both private and public universities equally. We are planning to build a ICT hub in this region and I want UEAB to be a keen party to it,” he noted.
Dr. Matiangi, who held a meeting with members of the University senate before the lecture, took his time to visit the Information Systems and Computing Department and the electronics laboratories where he had the opportunity to exchange ideas with students and lecturers about students’ projects. He also pledged to work out modalities of expanding Baraton’s FM radio frequencies.