NACADA lauds govt
17 September 2012, 11:08
The National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse (NACADA) has applauded Government’s effort in supporting the authority in funding toward its countrywide campaign against alcohol and drug abuse.
According to the NACADA board of directors chairman Frank Njenga, the authority now boast of KES. 1 billion towards facilitating the campaign against alcohol and drug abuse in the country.
Addressing the media at a Nakuru hotel after opening the a tow day Rift Valley workshop on alcohol and drug abuse, Njenga said that the government has supported the authority as compared to before when it started to its campaign with peanuts facing accusation from various stakeholders over its mandate and efficiency.
“We are proud to declare as an authority that the government has been supportive towards the campaign that we are carrying on the fight against alcohol and drug abuse across the country”, said Njenga.
He said that NACADA has strengthened its efforts of involving various stakeholders through trainings towards the campaign.
So far, NACADA has trained law enforcers across the country as well as the judiciary officer after consulting with the Chief Justice on the same.
At the same time, Njenga stressed for the need to involve all arms of the government in a move to strengthen the campaign.
However, he noted that the author has encountered various challenges and blockades regardless of its efforts to fight the menace.
Among them include ignorance by members of the public as well as brewers, and also greed by the alcohol brewers who add poisonous ingredients to alcohol without considering the effect to human consumption.
At the same time, Njenga said corruption plays a major role as one of the challenges, as brewers use counterfeit Kenya Bureau of Standards Stamps and sell substandard and dangerous alcohol to unsuspecting public.
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