The recent ban on alcoholic sachets and pet bottle drinks by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has put 500,000 Nigerians at risk of losing their jobs, according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). Speaking during a monitored interview on Channels Television, the Director General of MAN, Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, expressed concerns over the ban’s potential impact on the workforce. NAFDAC’s decision to prohibit the sale of sachet and pet bottle alcoholic drinks was attributed to health reasons, however, MAN’s President criticized the move, emphasizing its adverse consequences and potential for increasing the circulation of illicit drinks in the market. Ajayi-Kadir stressed that regulatory measures would have been more effective than an outright ban.
The implications of the ban were described as socio-economically damaging and likely to facilitate the entry of unregulated foreign products into the market. Ajayi-Kadir also emphasized the absence of scientific evidence to support NAFDAC’s health allegations, particularly regarding children and alcohol consumption. He emphasized that the ban could lead to job losses for 500,000 people and urged for a more balanced approach, emphasizing the need to prioritize the welfare and livelihoods of the Nigerian citizenry.