The Government has established an institution to nurture talents as a means of engaging the youth to prevent them against extremism and radicalization by illegal militias.
Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture and Arts Dr. Wario Hassan, said the Kenya Academy of Sports would help nurture talents among the youth and ensure that their potentials helped them become self-reliant.
“The whole idea is to engage the youth in a very creative way to use their talent so that they do not get swayed into extremist ideologies in this region. They are supposed to exploit their talents to keep from being influenced into bad habits or groups,” said the CS.
Presenting books to Isiolo Girls’ National School yesterday Wario promised the Ministry would send the Director of the Sports Academy to the region to help revive a Talent Centre at Isiolo Boy’s High School that has been neglected.
“Kenya has natural resources such as petroleum and other minerals but these will get exhausted. However, talent will last forever hence the need to encourage people to fully exploit and use their talents to uplift their lives, socially and economically,” said the Cabinet Secretary.
He said the Kenya National Library that gets donations from local and international partners had received request from some schools in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties to help stock their libraries.
Dr. Hassan gave books worth more than Sh 300,000 to Isiolo Girls’ School and intends to present other donations in Marsabit County today.
He noted that part of the reason of equipping libraries is to create and develop a reading culture among the people to have them informed, particularly a during the contemporary information age.
The Cabinet Secretary at the same time revealed that the government was undertaking construction of three major stadia in the county.
He said the government aimed at constructing five major stadia to boost sport activities not only in the region but also across the country.
CS added that design work for the stadia in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret was complete and that the remaining two stadia would be designed later.
Dr. Hassan said the Government was looking for public, Private Partnership (PPP) as a means of seeking funding which he termed as expensive, noting that one stadium costs about Sh30 billion.
He further revealed that the Government has advertised for the refurbishment of eight other stadia across eight counties, adding that additional 10 would be done in the next Supplementary budget.The CS said the facilities would comprise running tracks, football pitch and a decent terrace where people would sit comfortably.
“We are also planning to fence off the fields because some of them are being used as grazing grounds,” the Sports CS said.