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MAN opposes the ban of sachet alcoholic beverages

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) strongly opposes the recent ban on small-sized spirit drinks in sachets and PET bottles by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

According to Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, MAN’s Director General, the ban lacks empirical evidence to support the agency’s stated reasons.

Ajayi-Kadir pointed out that the ban, effective Jan. 31, 2024, aligns with a 2018 agreement, but critical stakeholders, including the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), raised concerns in 2018, questioning the claim linking alcohol to an increase in hard drug use without scientific backing.

Ajayi-Kadir stressed the importance of moderation and responsible drinking for good health, advocating for government support through regulations and access controls instead of an outright ban. He emphasized that a ban could lead to job losses and negatively impact the Nigerian economy.

Earlier this week, NAFDAC started enforcing the ban, sparking protests, and the House of Representatives has promised to investigate the matter. Ajayi-Kadir urges regulatory measures like licensed liquor stores by local government councils nationwide rather than an outright ban.

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