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Marketplaces: DIBAN, others threaten more protests over NAFDAC ban on sachet alcohol

*The Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress, issues a 14-day ultimatum to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control to reverse its recent ban on sachet alcoholic drinks

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Employees of Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), as well as members of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association of Nigeria have continued to oppose the recent ban on ‘sachet’ alcoholic drinks by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) by threatening more protests at the agency’s offices across Nigeria.

ConsumerConnect reports the Senior Staff Association, an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the health sector regulatory agency to reverse its ban on sachet alcohol.

In a move to drive home its point on the need reverse the prohibition of the production, sale and consumption of sachet alcoholic drinks in the country, members of DIBAN Tuesday, February 20, 2024, protested at the NAFDAC Lagos Office, in the Isolo area of the cosmopolitan state.

During the demonstration, members of the association held placards with several inscriptions, including ‘Let poor Nigerians breathe’ and ‘Let beverage workers breathe’, among others.

It is noted that Tuesday’s protest, in Lagos, was the latest in the series of demonstrations since February 1 this year, when NAFDAC commenced the enforcement of the ban on alcoholic beverages in sachets, and glass bottles of 200ml and below in the country.

However, despite the street protests, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, has revealed thet no such beverages were registered with the NAFDAC.

Aside from this, the regulatory agency has explained that the ban is designed to protect and save lives of millions of Nigerians, especially the young population, who reportedly now have easy access to such ‘sachet’ alcoholic drinks in Nigeria.

While pushing further its agitation for policy reversal on the burning issue, members of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association of Nigeria February 13, was reported to given NAFDAC 14 days to reverse its ban on sachet alcohol.

The association had issued the threat during a protest at the NAFDAC Headquarters in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the members of the association have threatened to increase protests against the ban across the Agency’s offices nationwide, if nothing is done about it.

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