Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir has disclosed that young Muslim adults in Mombasa are the mostly affected by drug use.
Mr. Nassir said through his interaction with the community he has learnt various dynamics that openly shows most Muslim youths have become the victims of the drug menace in the county.
While addressing locals during the commemoration of the International Day Against Drugs and Illicit trafficking at Makadara grounds in Mombasa on Wednesday, Nassir said the situation was extremely worrying.
According to the Mvita legislature the recent data from the National Authority Against Drug and Alcohol abuse- NACADA that revealed children as young as 12 years were using drugs was disquieting.
“I am not surprised but equally disappointed, this recent research needs urgent interventions or else the young generation is in peril,” noted Mr. Nassir.
Forums targeting children
He appealed to the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime-UNODC to support efforts of awareness campaign targeting school pupils to dissuade the young generation from using drugs.
“We did this some years back but it seems we need to reinvent the wheel and save our children before things get out of hand,” reiterated the lawmaker.
He said the recent data from NACADA reflected the real situation on the ground and that immediate measures should be implemented to curtail the disturbing situation.
Meanwhile, Nassir has called for forums targeting parents specifically to discuss on the issues revolving around parenting.
Nassir said poor parenting in the county has greatly contributed to negative behavioral change among children.
“It is an open fact the most parents have failed in taking their responsibilities seriously, you are the first to defend your children whenever they indulge in evil deeds” he noted.
Nassir reiterated the need of communal efforts in taming the drug menace in the county and the Coast region at large.
He has vowed to support efforts in instilling the right information on drugs to children as well as efforts to dissuade them from drugs.
Mombasa has an estimate of over 10,000 drug users according to recent data from anti- drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust.