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500,000 Nigerians at Risk of Losing Jobs Due to Ban on Sachet Alcoholic Drinks – Manufacturers Confront NAFDAC

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500,000 Nigerians are facing the risk of unemployment following the recent prohibition of alcoholic sachets and pet bottle drinks by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

The Director General of MAN, Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, revealed this during an interview with Channels Television, as reported by NewsNow.

NAFDAC recently announced the ban on sachet and pet bottles containing alcoholic drinks or spirits, citing health concerns.

However, the President of MAN criticized NAFDAC’s decision, arguing that it would have adverse effects.

Ajayi-Kadir emphasized that apart from the socioeconomic impact leading to job losses, the ban would also result in the proliferation of illicit drinks in the country. He emphasized that regulation and control would be more effective than imposing a ban on alcoholic sachets.

“Despite our collaboration with NAFDAC and other agencies on this issue, we did not anticipate the imposition of a ban. We believe that the ban is counterproductive as it will pave the way for the influx of illicit drinks into the market. This decision is not beneficial; it is short-sighted and impractical. It will not achieve its intended objectives. It will shut down businesses that produce legitimate products while allowing unregulated foreign products to flood the market. Regulation would have been a better approach rather than a ban.

“In addition to the economic impact, the social consequences of the ban are concerning. The country is currently facing challenges, and the government is striving to improve the citizens’ livelihoods.

“We cannot afford to have people losing their jobs; we are talking about 500,000 individuals here.

“The fundamental issue is that the ban does not have a basis in endangering people’s health; there is no scientific evidence supporting the allegations. NAFDAC has not presented any proof aside from a general belief that consumption of alcohol by children may lead to health problems,” he stated.

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