Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago has asked 30 scholar athletes flying to the United States of America to be good ambassadors of the country and the county.
Speaking while flagging off the 30 scholar athletes who will be going to various states in the US, Mandago also asked the athletes to also be role models to youths in their respective villages, and help them pursue their dreams.
The county boss noted that, as an administration, they will support and help students going abroad to study.
“It is you to persuade those in your village to pursue their dreams, we want many young people to go study abroad so that if we go outside the county, we know we have our people there and we don’t have to struggle,” Mandago said.
“We want you to help us get other young people that we can help and achieve their personal dreams using their skills and talents,” he added.
The Governor further advised the athletes to avoid engaging in unproductive activities and instead focus on what is expected of them as per the scholarship requirements.
“Don’t go there and engage in unproductive activities, do the right thing and what has taken you to the US – it gives you a better chance to succeed,” he advised.
Mandago also challenged the athletes not to shy away from taking up leadership positions in the institutions they will be.
He noted that with Kenyans holding such influential positions, they stand a better chance of getting information that would benefit themselves, fellow students, and other Kenyans who would be interested in moving to the US in the future.
“Be a good ambassador in the leadership – if there is an opportunity, take it up,” Mandago said.
On his part, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno congratulated the young athletes for securing the scholarship in the United States.
He urged them to work hard and focus as they pursue education overseas.
The student athletes have been training in Limo Training Camp-Kaptagat.