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NAFDAC Threatens to Ban Sachet Alcohol
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NAFDAC Threatens to Ban Sachet Alcohol 

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, or NAFDAC, may start enforcing its stated nationwide ban on sachet alcohol if cautious counsel fails to prevail.

This will be a total rejection of the agreement reached in February 2024 between the agency and industry stakeholders, which was mediated by the House of Representatives and included a five-year moratorium prior to the potential activation of the ban.

In response to the protests from sachet alcohol manufacturers and merchants, who pointed out that it would significantly effect their operations and result in massive job losses, the Green Chamber of the Federal Parliament delved into the contentious subject.

Nigerian producers resorted to miniaturising their products, like sachet alcohol, as a means of survival in order to keep their goods affordable for those in need.

Following the COVID-19 epidemic, which severely damaged many nations’ economies, businesses, and consumers—particularly the impoverished—this tendency became more apparent. Over the past year, the situation has gotten worse as a result of harsh economic measures that have raised prices beyond the affordability of the typical Nigerian.

Nigerians’ freedom to purchase and consume any size alcoholic beverage they like is violated by the ban on any size of its package. It has to end right away since it is national economic sabotage. Why is it acceptable to purchase an alcoholic beverage in a bottle but unlawful to buy the same beverage in a sachet?

Lawmaking and implementation must target the best interests of the greatest number of people. We can control alcohol abuse, especially by drivers, while still allowing the industry to boom for our overall economic well-being.

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