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Thursday, October 05, 2017 

Ex Kenyan Vice President calls for more investment in ICT

Former Kenyan Vice President Dr. Stephen Kalonzo (left) and Prof Benon Bashaka, the vice chancellor of UTAMU address the students at the graduation

KAMPALA, UGANDA- Former Kenyan Vice President Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has urged East African Community member states to invest more resources towards the development of Information and Communication Technologies if the region is to overcome both social and economic challenges.

“Because of the inefficient ICT sector in the region it has affected many tertiary Institutions to adopt E-learning.

“Many Universities are spending resources towards the construction of lecture rooms and other Infrastructures such as Libraries but if the region had vibrant ICT sector such institutions could just go digital teaching,” said Kalonzo during the 3rdGraduation ceremony for Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU).

Kalonzo noted that the development of ICT in the region can support   the reductions in the cost of social services such as Education, Health and also supporting regional trade among the six member states.

Kalonzo who is also the University Chancellor explained that the limited investment in the ICT sector among member states is responsible for the  high cost of Internet in the region  which has negative Impact on the Economic transformation  of the region since  ICT has the capacity to support  social services delivery  especially in the Health  and Education sectors respectively.

Apart from urging the community to invest in ICT, Kalonzo also asked the region to support the development of vocational Institutions.

He said governments in the region are focusing more on the establishment of Universities in the region where the cost of Education is high.

 “As the region focus on improving the human resources through establishing of Universities there’s need also to advocate for vocational Institutions not all National from the region especially the youth can afford to pay for Universities   and not all courses being taught there have big Impact on economic transformation in the EAC Societies but with vocational training chances are high to produce Entrepreneurs,” Kalonzo noted.

Turning to graduates the chancellor challenged them to generate solutions for poverty, unemployment, environmental challenges such as climate change, hunger and other social challenges if their skills are to be of good relevance to the communities.

Over 200 students were awarded with Diplomas,  Degrees, postgraduate Diplomas and Masters  in fields of Business studies and ICT related courses such computer engineering among other courses.

UTAMU  University Vice chancellor  Prof  BenonBashaka  applauded the University for  producing quality Students in the field of ICT  he told the gathering during the graduation event that majority of their students  have developed software which are being used  by both private sector and Government.

By SAMUEL NABWIISO, Thursday, October 05th, 2017