The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, on Monday, said there was no going back on the ban of the importation, manufacture, distribution, sale, and use of alcoholic beverages in sachets, PET, and glass bottles of 200ml and below.
NAFDAC’s Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye, insisted that the ban was for the benefit of Nigerians and to save lives.
She clarified that NAFDAC did not ban alcohol production in bigger bottles but alcohol in containers or packing that a child can easily conceal.
Reacting to the statememt, the Executive Secretary of the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria, John Ichue, insisted that the MoU signed with NAFDAC in 2018 could not be taken as a policy document.
Recall that Adeyeye announcement on January 31 that NAFDAC would begin the enforcement of the ban on alcoholic beverages in sachets has resulted to repeated protests by distillers and labour unions, who said the move would cost 500,000 workers their jobs.