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23 Dec
By: NGPU 0

County upgrades stadiums to nurture, develop talents

The County Government of Nakuru is set to rehabilitate and modernize at least one stadium in every sub-County.

At the same time, the County is working with the National Land Commission to repossess grabbed land meant for stadiums.

Nakuru County minister for Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Services Engineer Lucy Kariuki this would help develop talents among the youth in the County.

Such stadiums are synonymous with inter-estates, village and ward football tournaments that have produced top-flight players.

The Minister was speaking at Gilgil Stadium in Gilgil where she officiated the Gilgil Ward football tournament organized by area MCA Jane Ngugi.

She later commissioned modern players’ changing rooms and distributed sports kit to various women and women football, volleyball and rugby team.

The block has male and female changing rooms, bathrooms, and a caretaker’s office.

“Nakuru County has 17 stadiums and we have assessed what is required to develop sports,” she said adding that the County would make necessary budgetary requirements.

She revealed that the County Government of Nakuru is in talks with the Kenya National Highways Authority to divert a drainage system making the stadium to flood.

Gilgil Ward MCA Jane Ngugi thanked the County Government of Nakuru for showing commitment in nurturing sports in the County.

“As MCAs, we are very passionate about nurturing sports and we will not hesitate in passing all relevant Bills that seek to develop sports in the County,” she promised.

Gilgil Sports Council chairman Mr. Ouma George said the renovation of the stadium will go a long way in nurturing sports and ultimately create employment.

He was optimistic that vibrancy in sporting activities in Gilgil will help make Gilgil sub-County a fully-fledged Football Kenya Federation branch, delinking from Naivasha.

Tam Tam Queens football team striker Elsa Atieno said the changing room and washrooms will boost their morale as players.

“We would use thickets to answer call of nature and change rooms, something that made us feel forgotten,” she stated urging Governor Lee Kinyanjui to address other challenges facing the stadium.

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20 Dec
By: NGPU 0

Nurture children’s talents, parents urged

Parents have been asked to support children who demonstrate outstanding levels of competence in one or more fields.

Nakuru County minister for Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Services Engineer Lucy Kariuki said it’s time to focus beyond academic capabilities.

“The society should give much attention to the unique talents, abilities, and interests exhibited by children at an early age,” she advised.

The minister was speaking when she received at her office Little Miss Kenya- 2019 and Tiny Mr. Kenya- 2019 winners Briannah Nyambura and Jesse Smith respectively.

The annual children pageantry that runs from the regional to national level seeks to develop talents, self-esteem, confidence, and personality from an early age.

Twelve-year-old Briannah a pupil at Lions Primary School in Nakuru has already exhibited leadership skills whereby she is the school’s deputy head girl.

She is currently working on a charity project targeting the less privileged in the society as well as recycling plastics to clean up the environment.

“I urge or children not to give up on whatever they are doing beyond academic work and always seek guidance from teachers and parents,” urges Briannah.

Unlike Briannah who looks forward to becoming an Ambassador one day, Jessy Smith, 5, also of Lions Primary School wants to become a pilot.

But just like Briannah, cleaning the environment is Jessy’s passion and is working on a project to offer an environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic straws.

Billions of plastic straws a day, most of which end up in the ocean killing the aquatic life.

Briannah’s mother Ms. Njeri Nyambura said schools should emphasize more on extra-curricular activities with the establishment of the competence-based curriculum.

“It’s a nice thing to support your children as it brings out their personality. It will nurture them and they will never take anything for granted,” said Ms. Nyambura.

Last year, 12-year-old Tyra Angel Odeny from Kenya was crowned the “Little Miss World 2018 Grand Prix” winner.

She beat 47 other participants from 20 countries at the highly comepetitive18th International Children’s Festival of Culture, Fashion and Arts held in Thessalonika, Greece.

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