The government, through the Ministry of Sports, is set to commence the construction of 10 sports academies in constituencies across the country. Sports, Culture and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed on Wednesday said Ksh.750M has already been set aside for the project.
Speaking before the National Assembly committee on Sports, Culture and Tourism, the CS said the 10 academies are among 17 that were identified in the first phase. The 17 constituencies that are set to benefit are Igembe Central, Lagdera, Mwingi West, Voi, Mavoko, Narok South, Lurambi, Webuye, Luanda, Marakwet West, Isiolo South, Ainamoi, Tinderet, Alego Usonga, Kieni Ndaragwa and Nyaribari Chache.
The money to be used in construction of the academies is part of the Sports, Arts, and Social Development Fund that has so far collected Ksh.30.3 billion since its inception in the financial year 2018/2019. The money has so far been used to construct Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu County at Ksh. 415 million; Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County at Ksh. 310 million; Posta Jamhuri Sports Ground in Nairobi County at Ksh. 609 million, which is 98% complete; and Kirigiti Stadium in Kiambu County, which is 80% complete, at Ksh. 596 million.
She said her ministry had decided to take the lead to show Sports Kenya how the construction can be done faster by working round the clock, providing water and security during the construction. She told the MPs that her ministry will continue being involved in the construction of the stadia and academies going forward to ensure young men and women exploit their talents.
Construction of stadia was among the flagship promises of the Jubilee administration and, for a long time, the government had come under fire for failing to fulfill that promise to benefit the country’s youth.