The Vihiga County Government will from the next Financial Year (FY) roll out Music Competition in all the 45 Wards.
Speaking over the weekend at Mukuli Primary School where he oversaw selection of teams to represent the County at the national county competitions, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Patrick Saisi said the move will help increase the level of competition at the same time nurture and inspire talents.
The DG who doubles up as the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Sports and Culture reiterated government’s commitment to develop the two sectors.
He revealed that close to Sh.11.2m has been rolled out to the wards to help run sporting activities with each ward has receiving Sh.450, 000.
Admitting that the exercise was mismanaged last Financial Year, Saisi urged those at the center of coordinating the exercise to do a professional job and give youth a chance to exhibit their talents, at the same time ensure that the ultimate goals were met.
“We want the organizers of these events to do better than last year. Schools have closed for a long holiday and we want our youth to be occupied so that they do not engage in drug and substance abuse, besides other vices,” he said.
He pointed out the vital role music and sports play in fostering peace and development, adding “We have seen elsewhere in countries like Ivory Coast where sports and sportsmen like Didier Drogba have managed to bring peace which had been elusive for years.”
The DG further revealed that close to Sh.3m has been set aside to upgrade Hamisi Stadium, saying other sporting fields will also be renovated to provide a conducive environment for the youth to follow their talents.
By Isaiah Nayika