National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the registration of alcohol in sachet and small volume glass bottles below 200 milliliters and above 30% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). This decision aims to reduce the availability, and curb the abuse of alcohol in Nigeria.

The ban, which was initially proposed in September 2020, has finally been enforced by NAFDAC, despite resistance from certain quarters. The agency’s Director-General, Prof. Moji Christianah Adeyeye, reiterated concerns over the negative effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption on public health and safety.

While some commend NAFDAC for taking decisive action to tackle alcohol abuse, others, such as members of the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), have expressed dissatisfaction, and urged for the ban to be reversed. They argued that the ban could have adverse effects on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and lead to job losses.

In response to the ban, the House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the basis and circumstances surrounding it; citing concerns about its compatibility with the Nigerian Constitution and economic recovery plan. A move that has raised the question about the preference of the House between public health and safety,  and alleged ‘economic recovery.’

Despite the controversy, individuals like trader Amos Okezie and citizen Peter Megbon have welcomed the ban, believing it will help curb alcohol abuse, particularly among minors, and lead to a healthier society.






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