By Arnold Olando
A youth group in Nairobi’s Kariobangi South is appealing to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to turn the area’s social hall into a rehabilitation center in a bid to curb drug abuse in the area.
The Kenya E Graders Association chairperson Ayub Simba says the social hall has been lying idle without any recreational activity for the youth for more than a decade.
Simba claims that as a result of this, many youths have turned into drug addicts for lack of better things to do.
A spot check by Ghetto Radio on a number of social halls reveals that most social halls in the country have been turned into churches or are simply being hired by different groups for activities.
“Social halls in Nairobi in the eighties and nineties used to host different types of indoor sports like table tennis, boxing rings, darts and many other things,” says a resident of Ziwani, Kariokor.
The Kenya E Graders association claims that more that 50 percent of the youths who have dropped out of school are engaging inn drugs and alocohol abuse.
Simba says that the addicts can be trained on different programs to nurture their talents as most of the affected youths are wasting their talents in drug abuse.
Simba says the center will be able to deal with drug abuse cases that have not entered late stages.