As part of the milestones to achieve the Vision 2030 and efficient service delivery to millions of Kenyans across the country, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta today Tuesday February 10, 2015 launched the Presidential Digital Talent Programme at Taifa Hall, Main Campus, University of Nairobi.
Speaking during the launch, the President urged the first batch of 100 interns to “lead the way as digital trailblazers and live the dream of being truly digital. “ He noted that ICT has opened the way in various sectors of the economy like banking and he hopes that the interns will deliver the “next big thing”.
“You are the promise ICT holds for our nation. Prosperity is not magic. Prosperity cannot be discussed, it involves delivery of solutions. It all begins with initiatives like this. We need people with ethics in government,” he said.
The President urged the interns to bring integrity and vibrancy into government and help in efficient service delivery. The President expressed his belief that ICT can indeed make Kenya great and it can solve many of the ills of our country like corruption, insecurity among others.
On his part the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi thanked the President for giving him the opportunity to lead this great university. He expressed his optimism that the program will lead to home grown solutions. The Vice-Chancellor promised the President that the program will succeed as the University will equip the students with the necessary skills. He reiterated that his administration has prioritised mentorship of students.
Dr. Fred Matiangi, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology noted that his ministry is building capacity in the public sector, the 21st century government with the support from the private sector.
On her part, Ms. Anne Waiguru, the Cabinet Secretary for National Planning and Devolution noted that the program is aimed at creating a pool of highly skilled individuals who can develop solutions for both the government and the private sector.
The event was also attended by cabinet ministers Jacob Kaimenyi, CS Education, Engineer Michael Kamau, CS, Transport, Amina Mohammed CS Foreign Affairs.
Also present was the University of Nairobi Management Board and several Chief Executive Officers from the private sector who contributed immensely to the success of the Presidential Digital Program.