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Reps to probe ban of sachet alcoholic drinks
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Wed, 7 Feb 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the ban imposed on alcoholic beverages in sachets and small bottles by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.

This resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Paschal Agbodike on Wednesday during plenary.

It would be recalled that NAFDAC had announced a halt to the registration of beverages in small sachets and bottles in January 2024.

In his motion, the lawmaker said the “decision to ban the registration of beverages in small sachets and bottles runs counter to the spirit and letter of the Constitution and is against the Economic Recovery Plan of the current administration.”

He stated that the ban is contrary to the “sustainability of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)”.

But speaking against the motion, lawmaker Olamide Osoba said the ban is within the mandate of NAFDAC.

He said the agency is empowered to regulate food and drugs in the country and that the decision was in line with global best practices.

The House directed the Committee on NAFDAC to investigate the ban.

 

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