County Government of Nandi in partnership with Athletics Kenya held cross country competition at Kapsabet showground in Nandi County .
The event saw over 300 participants turn out for the exercise that intended to nature talents.The categories were 6km Junior women,8Km Junior Men,10Km senior Women and 10Km senior Men.
In the 6Km Junior women Zenah Cheptoo scooped the first position with a time line of 21:05:40,followed by Daisilah Jerono 22:58:0 Vivian Jepkemei managed position three with a timeline of 23:19 mins.
In the 5Km Junior women(under 18) Linet Jeptekweny managed the first position 23:25 mins followed closely by Valentine Jemutai 23:56mins and Mourine Jepchirchir scoped the third position 24:15.
In the 8Km Junior Men Johnson Lagat 24:54 came first followed closely by Maxwell Kipng’etich 24:54 the third position came Elijah Kibet 25:51Mins the race also had Ednah Jebitok who scooped the first position 33:05:60 followed closely by Daisy Jerotich 34:03:76 the third position was taken by Betty Jepkemei 34:53:50.
The last category was that of senoir Men that saw men battle it out in the basking sun and the first position came Daniel Kiprotich 30:17:6 followed closely by Titus Kipruto 30:29:76 mins the third position was Alex Kibet 30:39:24
The first six athletes in each category will proceed to the regional that will be held in Eldoret Sports club on 31st.
Nandi County Youth service is re-taking and creating new shapes across the sub-counties.
The youths have engaged in constructive works that have changed the outlook of the sub-counties.
Through this, the youth have done the road maintenance, free flow of drainage system and clearing of environment.
The exercise has seen residents in various parts of the county access passable roads enjoy the free flow of drainage system.
The exercise has benefited some youths who are now earning a living from working under the Nandi County Youth service.
CECM for Sports Youth Affairs and Arts Elly Kurgat said the programme aims at bringing youths on board as the main stakeholders.
“As a department, we are on the verge of ensuring youths’ take up their roles and benefit from this programme”, he said.
Nandi County Youth service has been in the process of reshaping the county’s environment through different exercise.
A month after the NCYS graduated, a lot has traversed within the Sub-Counties.
The project is aimed at employing the youths within the county to improve their living standards.
The 600 youth who have benefited from the program have received the relevant life skills that will foster their personal and career development and enhance their contribution to community development.
The Youth are sub-divided into groups based on the Sub-Counties whereby they are working in the 30 wards within the county.
The Youths from Kabiyet did a commendable job that has drove attention from the public.
The NCYS is maintaining of roads surfaces, clearing and proper maintenance of drainage system, good maintenance of water projects systems youths clearing blockage into water projects.
Some will also be doing cleaning services, painting, mechanical and welding works among others.
To address youth unemployment and its associated problems, the County Government of Nandi had launched the Nandi County Youth Service (NCYS) that is being fashioned, after the National Youth Service.
The NCYS equips youths with the relevant life skills to foster their personal and career development and enhance their contribution to community development.
The Nandi County Service bill was established in September 2019 by the Nandi County Assembly that keenly looks at its major functions according to the bill of the act.
During the commissioning of the 600 youths who were the first to graduate, Governor Sang stated that the youths have received an opportunity that will help them with relevant hands on skills.
“We are creating more opportunities for our youth through the inaugural Nandi County Youth Service (NCYS) by providing them with relevant hands-on skills,” he said.
The service shall offer opportunities to cushion the NCYS from the adverse effects of the Covid_19 pandemic as well as providing avenues for education and training in our Vocational Training Centers.
Sang further stated that the skills acquired by the members engaged in the service, will be useful in advancing our county and country’s development.
“These servicemen and women have been properly trained and equipped for the tasks under the service,” he added.
CECM for Sport, Youth and Art Affairs, Elly Kurgat, stated that the servicemen and women will get opportunities for the association, representation, and participation in political, social, and economic spheres of life.
“As a county government we are promoting the youth to youthful participation in developmental and empowerment programs as well as providing necessary training to facilitate increased employment and self-reliance to them,” said Kurgat.
Chief officer to Youth Affairs Nelson Ligaga, said this is an opportunity for the youth whereby the county is providing them with employment opportunities and ensuring that they are protected from harmful cultural practices and exploitation.
The service core mandate in these formative stages will be construction and maintenance of roads, sewer and drainage maintenance, cleaning services, painting, mechanical and welding works among others.
Second phase of National Hygiene Programme, dubbed ‘Kazi Mtaani’, kicked off today in Nandi County. The programme, which had its first phase implemented in counties that were first affected by Covid-19, has now been rolled out to counties that did not participate in the first phase.
It is aimed at employing the youth so as to alleviate their economic status amid the pandemic that has had many jobs lost. This initiative is also meant to improve the environment and the infrastructure in urban areas through activities that are coordinated by both the national and county governments.
This program seeks to provide employment to low income earners especially the youth who often rely on daily wages that have since been affected by the socio-economic impact as a result of containment measures of Covid-19.
These opportunities targeted the residents of Municipalities’ informal settlements in every county. In Nandi, the program is based in Kapsabet Municipality while involving youths from areas of Kunurter, Namgoi, Eastview, Kamatargui, Kichinjio, Kokwet and Tilalwo.
A total of 2700 youth and 90 supervisors have been successfully recruited from these areas with the work starting today for the next six months with up to eight (8) working hours daily. Among the activities to be carried out include access road improvement, cleaning, bush clearing, drainage works and maintenance of public amenities. The youth are also expected to conduct a beautification exercise of Kapsabet Municipality.
Every participating youth will be paid a daily wage of Ksh. 455 and is expected to work for at least 11 working days a month. The Supervisors on the other hand will have a daily earning of Ksh. 505 working for at least 22 days in a month.
Speaking during the launch today at Kapsabet Town garden, the County Secretary, Dr. Francis Sang urged the youth to take up the opportunity and make proper use of their wages to improve their livelihoods.
The County Commissioner, Kutswa Olaka, in his address pointed out that the recruitment process that took place last week gave an opportunity to all applicants. He congratulated them for taking up such opportunities and further called for discipline and diligence while working.
The department of Sports Youth Affairs and Arts together with the Athletics Kenya met with stakeholders within the Athletics fraternity, to discuss ways to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Kennedy Tanui, Cheif Officer to Sports and Abraham Mutai Athletics Kenya representative to Nandi, gave out guidelines on how athletes are going to use for the upcoming World Track Championship together with the Diamond League.
Speaking at the sports department, Tanui told the coaches that the athletes being chosen to participate the two races will be allowed to train at the sports facilities.
He asked the coaches to provide a list of names of the athletes together with their Identity Cards or Passport.
“Athletes will be tested before being allowed in and they’ll only allow one athlete and one coach per day,” he said.
Mutai subjected that athletes chosen to train will be given badges as an entry to the training facility.
Tanui further added that athletes won’t be allowed to stay at their training camps but will be commuting from their homes.
This will be a way to curb the spread of the pandemic. He stated that there will be no group training at the sports facilities.
Tanui handed out training programmes being rolled out, and how the athletes are expected to train at the facilities.
Mutai called upon the athletes to maintain high standards of discipline by not engaging to doping.
He urged the athletes to check out measures and precautions being provided by IAAF on what medication not to use if one is sick.
Tanui thank the department of health for giving out guidelines on how athletes will be tested and the response they’ll give if need.
“I urge athletes to continue to train while they are at their home and maintain high-level hygiene and stick to the norms being provided by the Ministry of Health,” said Tanui.
The County Government of Nandi, through the sports department has a number of activities underway to ensure the stage is set for this year’s Kenya Secondary Schools term one ball games in line with the 2020 co-curricular calendar of events.
The County is priviledged to be hosting both the regionals and nationals for the first time in March and April respectively.
The schools have been competing at their Sub-County levels and the best teams selected are expected to compete at the regionals to be held in Kipchoge Keino Stadium next week.
The games are to start on March 17-20 at a grand opening in Kipchoge Keino as some other games will be shifted and played in different areas with the County.
Speaking at Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Chief officer for Sports, Kennedy Tanui said that the fields are ready and are just undergoing the final touches
Tanui said the county is fully prepared to hold the National ball games expected to start on April 14-19.
He added that during the regional competition, athletics will be held at the Eliud Kipchoge training complex while Rugby will be in Kipchoge Stadium.
Handball will be played at Kapsabet Show Ground as Hockey will be played in Kapsabet Boys High School.
For the basketball lovers, they’ll be able to watch at the University of East African Barton.
Tanui has wished the winning teams all the best and urged them to perform better in representing the County to the African and Brookside Championship.
Eliud kipchoge Complex attracts delegates from Bomett county,Kirinyaga and Kitui. Eliud kipchoge complex is a beneficial utility to our sports men and women in our county as it provides them with sporty atmosphere while training.Our sports men and women will be able to train effectively as they try to outshine their competitors both locally and inter national..’our main aim is to provide a favourable place for our men and women in sporting world as we are known to be the Source of champions”. Delegates from the visiting counties were able to learn about the importance of the utility to the athletes.Sports department is in the forefront to ensure that we nature the talents exhibited by our vibrant atheletes to conquer our competitors both nationally and locally.The complex also have a gym room that would enable our sports men and women flex their muscles so as to be fit when training to compete against their oppenents.It’s indeed our responsibility to ensure we provide a conducive place for our athletes to nature their abilities.
Seven athletes who will represent the County Government of Nandi at the National cross country are set and well prepared to shine the county’s name in the coming national competition to be held in Nairobi in February 8.
The seven, who have been training in their different camps, have trained well and are still training so as to achieve their goal in representing both the county and country at the African Cross Country Championships in Togo.
The team participated in the 10 and 8 Km both men and women races at the county level and the central rift region whereby they got the golden badge in representing the county to the national level.
The Team representing the county will be led by, Peris Chepchirchir who bashed the second position after flashing off 200 women in the senior women 10 km race from the race.
In the 10 Km race, Josphat Kipchirchir will represent the county after he was able to get to the third position, in the 8Km race the Shadrack Kipchirchir who performed very remarkably will also represent the team and among others.
Kennedy Tanui wished the team all the best and asked them to maintain consistency in ensuring that they lift the county’s name.
“Through the Department of Sports, the county wishes the team well as they prepare to compete nationally so as to qualify for African Championships,” said Tanui.
He further stated that the county will give the team the full support to ensure that they achieve the goals they’ve set for the races.