Lobby groups call for concerted efforts in addressing drug abuse among youths

There is need for concerted efforts in addressing drug abuse challenges facing many youths in slum dwelling areas of Nakuru County.

Speaking at Bondeni Primary school in Biashara Ward on Saturday during a pass out of over 100 boys who had undergone circumcision, Coordinator Bondeni Community Empowerment Program Mr. Benson Muchiri   called on parents not to shy away from their responsibility.

According to Muchiri, youths in society should be mentored through addressing the challenges they are facing among them drug and substance abuse.

He said the more than 100 youths who had undergone circumcision as well as over 20 girls who have undergone alternative rite of passage at the school have been empowered with various skills and is optimistic that they will be ambassadors in the community.

“Our message is that these youths can be ambassadors to others in societies so that we can have a drug free society” said Muchiri.

He says it is the challenges facing youths in the society that he chose to come up with the program to empower youths among them those from the streets.

The program targets youths in Flamingo, Biashara and Kivumbini Wards of Nakuru East sub county.

Mr. Muchiri says they will continue to engage stakeholders on the same and ensure the challenges of drugs, early marriages among youths are addressed.

“We came up with this program because of the challenges facing youths in our society and we look forward to having same every year” said Muchiri.

He also called on parents to work closely with other stakeholders in ensuring that the youths in society are mentored in right ways.

Sentiments echoed by Baharini Community residents Association chairman Maurice Otieno who called on parents not to ignore their responsibility in shaping the youths in society.

“As residents association our aim is to ensure that our society is safe and that our youths are also safe from drugs and early marriages” said Mr. Otieno.

Some of the youths and parents interviewed commended the initiative stating it will help in shaping the youths in society.

The function was also attended by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika,Speaker Joel Maina Kairu, MCAs Peter Njoroge Wanyaguthii(Biashara) Eddy Kiragu(Flamingo) and Joyce Anyiso(nominated)

PHOTO/Susan Kihika facebook:Youths march at Bondeni Primary grounds during their  pass out after undergoing circumcision.