In solidarity with the rest of the world, the University of Nairobi marked the day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking at the College of Education and External Studies (CEES). Students from other campuses of the university were ferried to represent their campuses in the event that intends to create awareness among staff and students about the dangers of drug abuse.
The event spectacularly commenced with the flagging off of a procession from the Thogoto Teachers College junction, by Prof Isaac Jumba, Principal CEES. This saw students accompanied by Administration Police band march to Kikuyu Campus.
Students pose for a picture at Kikuyu campus during International Day against Drug Abuse
The event which was given color by live performances and speeches was also thrown into life by humorous but informative skits and spoken words presented by students and staff. The massive audience was amazed by life stories from recovering addicts who outwitted each other with amazing narrations of recovering. One of them outlined it as a stunt that needed a lot of honesty and dedication for one to shun away from aberration.
In his speech, Vice Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi said the University of Nairobi was dedicated to the fight against drug abuse so that the university and the nation at large can be drug free. Prof Mbithi noted that the university had developed 2015/2016 alcohol and drug abuse sensitization policy for students and staff. The Vice Chancellor called upon the university community to use resources available to fight against drug abuse. Prof. Mbithi also said that enough counselors had been hired across the university in a bid to serve those fighting with alcohol and drug addiction. The Vice Chancellor’s speech was presented on his behalf by Prof Isaac Jumba.
Student dancing during international day against drugs at Kikuyu campus, University of Nairobi
At the same time, local artists gracing the event urged students and the rest of congregation to popularize the fight against drug abuse. Student’s leaders attending the event challenged their fellow students to stand in solidarity with the entire university community in the fight against drug abuse.
In 1987, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse- a decision that gave rise to the International Day against Drug Abuse.
As the event entered its home stretch the dual of Mtumishi and Mchungaji; popular television comedians, entertained the crowd with their humorous stunts as the rest of the guests set to leave. The event was lauded by many as a success with many attendees satisfied that it marched the standards of similar events marked around the world.
BY Masila Munyao