By Farah Adan:
A key footballing tournament to create awareness among the youth on radicalization and other vices successfully concluded in Wajir town today.
During the finals played at the Wajir Stadium, Barcelona emerged the winners after beating Manchester United on penalties. The match went into extra-time and then penalties following a one-all score in normal time.
The final match was a culmination of a month long competition among local clubs in the ‘Siyad tournament’ sponsored by Wajir businessman Siyad Hassan alias Patni.
The top teams were given different prizes and sporting gear while the latter was also received by all the participating teams.
The theme of the event was ‘No to Radicalisation, Yest to Peace’.
Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi and North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh were the chief guests during the tantalizing match which was also graced by MPs Mohamed Elmi (Tarbaj), Abdullahi Diriye (Wajir South), Agustino Nato (Ndhiwa) and Nominated senator Halima Abdille.
Sponsor of the event Siyad Patni said sports was among the productive ways that can be explored to keep youth away from social vices such drug abuse, radicalization and other criminal activities.
Patni asked the Ahmed Abdullahi led County administration to invest in sports by availing the necessary facilities such as modern stadiums and training centers.
In his address, Governor Abdullahi said the department of youth and sports will now be moved to his office and a new tournament at all sub-counties will be initiated next week and overseen by his Director of Communications Mr. Yahya Dahiye.
“I want to appreciate Mr. Siyad Hassan for sponsoring this tournament and as well urge other businessmen to also do the same and engage the youth” said the governor.
Abdullahi commended the Mohamud Saleh led regional security team saying security has tremendously improved under their watch.
He however asked them to curb influx of imigrants into Wajir County and other areas from the neighboring countries such as Ethiopia and Somalia.
He said despite the security risks they posed, the visitors were taking up local casual jobs hence leaving locals with no opportunities.