The University of Nairobi Community comprising of staff and students today June, 26, 2015 marked the International Day against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, IDADA at the Graduation Square, Main Campus. The celebrations begun with a procession match from Taifa Hall, via Harry Thuku Road, to University Way, to St. Pauls’ University Chapel roundabout before entering the Graduation Square.
Speaking during the function, the NACADA Chair, Mr. John Mututho, who was the Chief Guest pleaded with the youth to avoid alcohol and drug abuse as it has serious economic and health consequences. Drug abuse affects us all from the old professors to the students. “Please, Kenya is waiting for you. Dont waste your life in drugs. We are waiting for you to solve Kenyan problems like insecurity, food security, perennial floods, traffic lights among others. This University admits the top cream in the country. We are depending on you to solve Kenya’s problems,” he pleaded.
To those who are involved in the drug business, Mr. Mututho warned them to desist from the vice as he has been given a direct mandate by the President to deal with drug barons. According to Mr. Mututho, alcohol and drugs affects brain cells and neurons and once destroyed, they are irreplaceable. He noted that over 2.5 million youth are affected by drug abuse. To those who are already affected, he advised them to call the toll free number 1192 and get help from NACADA members who will gladly work together with the University to offer assistance to those affected. To those who are yet to start abusing drugs, they were advised to keep off.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi confirmed the University Management support towards ADA initiatives like counselling to those affected, sensitization programs to both students and staff, rehabilitation services, among others. The Vice Chancellor urged the staff and students to work hard and bring the menace to an end. Led by the Chief Medical Officer, University Health Services, Dr. M. R. B Otieno, the University management also launched the reviewed ADA Policy. Present during the event included the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Prof. B. N. K. Njoroge ( Administration and Finance), Prof. Henry Mutoro( Academic Affairs) and Prof. Isaac Mbeche (Student Affairs). All the College Principals and the two Deputy Principals and the various Heads of Departments and Directors from Central Departments were in attendance.