Low allocation of sports kitty in National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) is the greatest impediment to unexposed grassroot talents across the country, Gatundu North MP Annie Wanjiku Kibe has said.
Speaking in Kamwangi village after a sports needs assessment forum that brought together captains from 40 sports clubs in the constituency, the MP who is a member of parliamentary sports committee decried that the allocated 1.5 percent of the total budget is not enough to conduct extensive and serious talent development.
The MP asserted that the 1.5 percent can only be used to purchase sporting equipment such as uniforms, ball nets and low-figured awards to best talents.
Kibe lamented that despite sports being a source of income, a natural method of fighting societal vices and eradication of lifestyle diseases, the sector was yet to receive serious attention from relevant stakeholders.
She singled out lack of a single stadium in Gatundu North despite the constituency producing the best football team in Kiambu County.
“Very soon we will be coming up with talent search events and the other bigger picture, we have agreed that there is need for talent, empowerment and development centres in every ward because we have realized that we have a challenge with the grounds of fields,” she said.
To spur growth in the sporting world, Kibe rooted for better, focused and serious leadership.
She said that sports stakeholders have a duty to link talents to the global arena through modernized networking. This, she said will create more opportunities to virgin grassroot talents.
The MP emphasized the need to incorporate partnerships to counter financial constraints that come along with cultivation of talents.
“It is one thing to identify a talent but it is another to show that talent a way so that they can be able to use that as a source of livelihood. The challenge behind low allocation can only be countered through creativity. We need to start thinking about partnerships such as corporates who should come on board and support the bigger picture,” she stated.
The legislator promised to push for improvement and talent development among Gatundu North youth and across the country.
She urged youths to make use of every available opportunity to fight for their dreams.