Stingers girls’ basketball team from Embakasi West sub-county and Vikapu boys’ basketball team from Embakasi East sub-county emerged the winners of today’s Street league basketball competition sponsored by Nairobi City County Governments’ Sports sector,
The newly constructed Jericho basketball court was today a bee hive of activities hosting finals of the Nairobi County street league basketball tournament. The location of this court serves at least 5 sub-counties Makadara, Embakasi South, Embakasi West Kamukunji, and Starehe. This is the 1st basketball court to be constructed under the Hennessy group. The sports subsector has been holding tournaments across the city since April this year as part of its 100-day Rapid Results Initiative (RRI).
The tournament marks the culmination of Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) having held 136 tournaments so far with the finals being held today. The youth between ages 13-35 in the informal settlement stands at 60 %.
Being the highest number that is unemployed and exposed to unsound vices such as crime and substance abuse, this project will create an avenue where the youth can come together for a better course, and that way we can curb these vices within Nairobi and especially in the informal settlements.
Said Governor Sakaja “I want to thank the Sector led by Waziri Mulama and his team for making this happen. Through this team, we have continued taking over our sports facilities and rehabilitating them. The Dandora stadium is complete we are only waiting for the artificial turf to be installed and we will be ready to fully utilize the field. The Joe Kadege Stadium is also being renovated to international standards and all other sports facilities within the city. I will also ensure that all our sports grounds and sports facilities management is fully reverted to the county. This government will not entertain land grabbers in Nairobi under my watch”
“My government has for the first time after devolution released bursaries worth Ksh.1.025 billion to needy but bright students in the City. The four-year executive scholarships are awarded to Bright, but needy Nairobi Children admitted to various National, Extra County, and County Boarding Schools throughout the Nation. We have also increased ward bursaries from 3 million to 6 million, this will go a long way in helping our children’s education,” Said the City boss.
“Last week we broke grounds for Dishi na County school feeding program that is headed by Waziri Silantoi and which will see all our children get a balanced meal in school.” Added Sakaja
He said the move will add value to education in the county and create a suitable learning environment for school children. I will this month release a Ksh. 100 Million grant to all our ECDE centers across the city. This aims to involve more learners and increase their participation by creating a conducive learning environment in all our ECDE centers.
Said County Executive Committee Member for Talent Skill Development and Care Mr. Brian Mulama “Last month we launched the first-ever street soccer in Nairobi The event took place outside City Hall Way We intend to continue y holding such events to help identify and nurture young talent. We are grateful to all participants, stakeholders, and partners who have held our hand to make this a success.
Present during the event was the County Executive for Green Nairobi, Maureen Njeri, County Executive Inclusivity, Public Participation and Customer Service Suzanne Silantoi, Chief Officer, Office of the Governor Priscilla Mahinda Chief Officer Youth and Sports, Oscar Igaida,, Members of County Assembly among others.