NAFDAC Ban: There Is Need For Consensus Between NAFDAC, Liquor Sellers – Olubadan

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun has advocated a consensus.between the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Liquor sellers on ban placed on sales of sachets, pet and glass bottles liquor of less than 200ml quantity.

Oba Balogun made the call on Tuesday, during a protest to his palace by members of the executive committee of the Oyo State Liquor Sellers Association led by their President, Chief Ezekiel Adeagbo on the ban by NAFDAC .

The Olubadan in a statement by his Personal Assistant (Media) to the Olubadan, Oladele Ogunsola said the consensus would to a very large extent satisfy the parties involved and calm the frayed nerves. 

Oba Balogun maintained that the decision by NAFDAC to place the ban on the products “is for the benefits of Nigerians and to save lives, a reason and purpose that could not be faulted”. 

He stressed that the argument of NAFDAC that there was a period of about five years allowed to phase out the sachet and pet production of alcohol was also valid, but counseled that the prevailing economic situation of the country currently calls for a rethink. 

Oba Balogun said throwing people out of job now “is something that should not be contemplated and the more reason why there should be a round table conference among all the stakeholders to iron things out and come up with measures that would address the safety of lives and protect jobs at the same time”.

President of the Association, Chief Adeagbo disclosed that since the announcement was made, his members had become easy prey for the security agents, especially the members of the Police Force, who in the name of enforcement go about extorting money from his members. 

Chief Adeagbo while stressing that membership of his association across the state could not be less than a hundred thousands  lamented that the effect of such ban would be too devastating and the more reason why the association came to the palace to seek for His Majesty’s royal intervention. 

” All the issues raised by the NAFDAC to warrant the ban are what can be easily addressed. We have the capacity to guide against sales of the drinks to the underage and the manufacturers too can reduce the level of alcoholic content in the sachets and pet to make it conform with what is acceptable to the agency” he said

He noted that aside membership of the association that would suffer irreparable damages by the ban, the manufacturers too would be greatly affected and with dire consequences for the nation’s economy through mass job loss and loss of revenue in terms of taxes and other levies. 

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