House Committee Urges Immediate Suspension of Ban on Alcoholic drinks in Sachets

Regina Akume, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has called for the urgent implementation of the House resolution to lift the ban on the production and sales of alcoholic drinks in sachets. The House had previously determined that the ban imposed by NAFDAC would adversely affect the economy.

Speaking to reporters at her office in Abuja, Akume emphasized the importance of enforcing the House resolution, which was made following a motion considered during plenary on February 7, 2024. The motion highlighted the detrimental impact of the ban on alcoholic beverages in sachets and small bottles on the economy and the livelihoods of Nigerians.

Akume reiterated that the House’s stance was grounded in the belief that the ban contradicted the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and undermined the economic recovery efforts of the current administration. She expressed concern that the ban would exacerbate the economic challenges faced by vulnerable Nigerians, leading to job losses and increased economic hardship.

The House’s resolution underscored the need to prioritize the welfare of citizens, especially amidst prevailing economic difficulties. Akume emphasized that the enforcement of the resolution would help mitigate the adverse effects of the ban and safeguard the interests of Nigerian consumers and businesses.

As efforts continue to address the economic implications of the ban, stakeholders are urged to collaborate in finding sustainable solutions that balance public health concerns with economic considerations. The House Committee on NAFDAC remains committed to advocating for policies that promote economic growth and alleviate the plight of Nigerians, particularly those facing financial hardships.

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