The Nairobi County Government will soon embark on a major infrastructural development as its contribution to the IAAF World Under 18 Championships to be held in the Kenyan capital July 12-16 2017. Governor Evans Kidero has, as a first step, called for key stakeholders to join him for a site visit next Thursday to assess requirements and needs at all venues and places where the event will be hosted.
Governor Kidero said this during a courtesy call on his office by Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Friday morning.
All IAAF global Championships are owned by IAAF, host cities and host national federations, in this case Athletics Kenya. “Let us visit the areas where the event will be held first, and especially those areas that will need the intervention of my government. The rest are details,” said Governor Kidero. He was accompanied by County Executive Officers -- Ann Lokidor (Youth Affairs and Education), who is also the vice chairman of the LOC and Ann Othoro, (Trade, Industry and Tourism). The LOC was led by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mwangi Muthee, Vice Chairman, Maina Kamau, Directors for ICT, Lawrence Monda, Dr Jared Nyakiba (Medical and Anti-Doping), Joseph Kiget (Security), Diana Munyao (Volunteers), Kinyua Wamugunda (Infrastructure), and assistant director Peter Angwenyi (Accommodation), Paul Ejore (Transport), Boniface Asiligwa (ICT), Sally Sia (Marketing), Douglas Wakiihuri (Protocol) and head of administration, Ms Charlotte Kurgoy.
Mr Muthee and his team went with a long wish list, which included a dedicated traffic lane right from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Kasarani, which will be the epicenter of the event, and Kenyatta University, which will host the Athletes Village. The dedicated traffic lane is globally used by visiting delegations to ensure traffic flow from the airport to the competition venues, media and athletes’ villages. But Governor Kidero, while consenting to most of the requests that fall within the County Government’s jurisdiction, called for a meeting on Thursday to assess the needs first. The meeting will include Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Kenya Highway Authority (KenHa), Kenyatta University, Ministry of Energy and Sports, Culture and the Arts and Kenya Power and Lighting Company.
The LOC wants roads inside and outside Kasarani cleaned up, roundabouts along the route repainted, gravelling of feeder roads, foot bridge at Kenyatta University constructed, broken seats at the Stadium replaced, toilets repaired and street lighting, floodlights, high masts, trees planted, irrigation system, security surveillance installed among many civil works. Mr Muthee said some will be done by the National Government, but most of this by the County Government.