By: DAVID MACHARIA
The Nyandarua County government has been urged to increase the annual budgetary allocation to its sports department from the current Sh18 million to Sh27 million to nurture talent and encourage more youth to take part in county sports activities.
A member of the county assembly argued that this would also ensure sports talent would be retained within the county and guard against poaching by other counties.
Karau Ward MCA Sammy Douglas Kamau Waweru said the county’s sports department should also employ young people in order to win the confidence and trust of the youth.
“This way, the county will be nurturing its talent and will always have a strong team when going for inter-counties sports competitions,” he said during debate in the county assembly.
The MCA was contributing when a report on Kenya Youth Inter-counties Sports held at Nanyuki Town earlier in the year was tabled in the assembly.
EMULATE MACHAKOS, NAKURU
He cited Machakos and Nakuru counties as some that can be emulated as they have successfully spearheaded the sports initiative.
“When we go for games, Machakos comes with its own strong team that comprises of employees.
“Nakuru has even allocated kiosks to its youth who are talented in sports. We can also privatise garbage collection here in Ol-Kalou and give this undertaking to our youth as a way of job creation,” the MCA said.
Apart from nurturing talent, he said, such measures would also help win young people from drug abuse.
He called on the county government to complete upgrading the local stadium in Ol-Kalou and particularly a stadium for people with disabilities saying the projects have taken too long.
Weru Ward MCA Kimani Moses lamented that sports officials in the county have been benefiting more than players.
He said this must change.
“Our players share Sh5,000 as a team, while officials pocket a similar amount per person daily. This must stop,” Mr Kimani said.
He said there should be better incentives that will add value to the lives of the players.
“Let us have items like motorbikes, cars and large sums of money that will turn lives of our players around,” he said.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION