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, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, insisted that the ban was for the benefit of Nigerians and to save lives.

Adeyeye’s announcement had generated repeated protests by distillers and labour unions, who said the move would cost 500,000 workers their jobs.
The head of public relations office, NAFDAC, Christiana Obiazikwor when asked if there would be a review of the ban in the view of growing protests, told newsmen that the ban hs come to stay.
Obiazikwor clarified that NAFDAC did not ban alcohol production in bigger bottles but alcohol in containers or packing that a child can easily conceal.

“The alcoholic content in sachet or PET bottles less than 200ml is 30 per cent. Beer has four to eight per cent alcohol. The Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers, and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health and NAFDAC in December 2018 that they will phase out production of alcohol in sachet and PET bottles less than 200 ml by January 31, 2024. The agreement document is available. A five-year phase-out notice should be sufficient.

February 13, 2024

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