The government will from next month start the construction of 10 sports academies across the country to develop talent.
Sports, Culture and Heritage CS Amina Mohammed said her ministry has set aside Sh750 million for the construction.
“The money is available, all we are waiting for is the details, the expectation is that by end of November we should have started and we should finish by end of June next year, our team has just returned from the constituencies and we expect them to give us full report,” Amina said.
Speaking before the committee on sports, culture, and tourism, Amina said the 10 academies are among the 17 that were identified in the first phase.
The constituencies to benefit are Igembe Central, Lagdera, Mwingi West, Voi, Mavoko, Narok South, Lurambi, Webuye, Luanda, and Marakwet West.
Others are 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 for Ksh. 415 million, Wanguru stadium in Kirinyaga county for Ksh. 310 million, Posta Jamhuri Sports Ground in Nairobi County for Ksh. 609 million which is 98% complete and Kirigiti Stadium in Kiambu County which is 80% complete for Ksh.596 million.
“What we wanted to prove with the construction of these stadia within a record time is to show that we don’t need 4 years to construct the stadiums as has been the norm, and that with the technologies and commitment it can be done within 6 to 7 months,” said the Sports CS
She added that as the ministry they decided to take the lead to show Sports Kenya how the construction could be done faster by working around the clock, providing water and security during the construction.
She told the MPs that the ministry will continue being involved in the construction of the stadia and academies going forward to ensure the young men and women exploit their talents.
Construction of stadia was among the flagship promises of Jubilee administration and for a long time the Government has come under fire for failing to fulfill that promise to benefit youth in the country.