Renovation works at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex are at an advanced stage with major works having been completed up to 75 per cent.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o accompanied by the City Manager Abala Wanga today embarked on an extensive inspection tour of the facility to check on the renovation progress ahead of its official launch before the end of the year.
The Sports Complex sitting at the heart of Kisumu City will be a gem for sports and recreation once completed and its gates open for public use.
The renovation works spanning from civil works, landscaping, rehabilitation and upgrade of playfields such as hockey court, football pitch and children play area, solar lighting and proper drainage works will improve its standards and capacity allowing it to host major fetes and international games.
Speaking during the tour, the governor ascertained that the works were progressing well with major activities having been undertaken and what remains can be completed in time for the launch.
He mentioned the complex has a rich cultural background which must be preserved even with the modern improvements. The complex formerly known as Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground has for a long time been the heartbeat of Kisumu County with many residents preferring to cool off their feet, relax and enjoy the calm shade provided by the indigenous trees.
Its architectural design presented with Od Mikayi as the major centerpiece attraction is a representation of the rich luo culture that must be preserved for future generations.
The improvement of this iconic recreational centre is part of the ongoing initiatives by Governor Nyong’os administration to revolutionize the face of the City of Kisumu as the City gears to host the Africities Summit in April 2022.
The facility together with the almost complete Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium at the Mamboleo Show Ground will not only boost sports within Kisumu but also spur massive economic growth in and around the Lake Region Economic Bloc.
The Governor was also joined by Senior County Officials from various departments and the contractor.