The county government will work with the national government to speed up renovation of Nairobi’s City Stadium.
This is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive for a collaborative effort between the two levels of government to upgrade major sports facilities in the country.
Governor Mike Sonko together with Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo, Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti and Deputy Chair Shadrack Maluki toured the facility. They were also accompanied by Ministry of Public Works officials and Quantity Surveyors.
Sonko said that the upgrade plan that will start before the end of the year will see the stadium’s standards raised to the same level as Nyayo stadium.
“We want the works to commence as soon as possible so that the county can have many options in terms of sports grounds,” Sonko said.
Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo noted that relevant logistics between the two governments are almost complete.
“We have been talking since May on how we can come in and help renovate this historic stadium that will also help our sportsmen.
In May this year, the Ministry of Sports initiated talks with the County Government to take over the rehabilitation and management of the Stadium .
The rehabilitation will now be a collaborative engagement with the County’s Sports board playing a major role as well.
Earlier on in 2016, the stadium had been shut down by the Stadia Safety and Security Committee for not meeting the minimum standards hence unable to host league matches. The artificial turf covering the main grounds was worn out due to poor maintenance, the washrooms and dressing rooms were in pathetic condition and there was no running water in the stadium.
The county has so far done 20% of the renovations that were scheduled to take place in phases. Refurbishing of the terraces has been undergoing a complete makeover to give it a smooth look.