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Alcohol Ban: Investments Worth N800bn may be Lost – Stakeholders




The ban on alcoholic beverages in sachets and pet bottles less than 200ml may cause manufacturers and other stakeholders across the food and beverages value chain to lose  investments worth over N800 billion.

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN)  expressed the concern  at a joint news conference in Lagos on Friday.

Reports says that the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned production of alcoholic beverages in sachets and pet bottles of less than 200ml, with effect Jan.


According to NAFDAC, the ban is in line with an agreement reached by a tripartite committee set up in 2018 by the Federal Ministry of Health.

The Executive Secretary of DIBAN, Mr John Ichue, at the press conference, called on the Federal Government to prevail on NAFDAC to reverse the ban.

“This is to avert a colossal loss on investments in machines, raw materials and financial resources and also save 5.5 million direct and indirect persons earning their livelihood from the business,” he said.

According to Ichue, manufacturers have great respect for NAFDAC; hence, the need for them to reach a common ground to address underage consumption of alcoholic beverages and business concerns of players in the wine and spirits sector.

“Some of the money invested in the sector were borrowed from banks, and many of the companies have procured raw materials that would last them for the next four or five years.

“More than 25 companies in wine and spirits sector in the country may be forced to close shop if President Bola Tinubu does not intervene in reversing the ban,” he said.

The Chairman of DIBAN, Mr Patrick Anegbe, said that the association had always preached responsible drinking and had mounted media campaigns on radio and television, kicking against underage consumption of alcoholic beverages in sachets.

Anegbe,  also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Intercontinental Distillers, said that DIBAN was concerned about the health of underage consumers of alcohol beverages.

He, however, said that elimination of underage consumption of alcoholic beverages could be achieved through access control rather than outright ban.

“Through access control mechanism, the underage will be safeguarded, businesses will remain and our members and suppliers in the value chains in the sector will retain their jobs.

“I call on the president to intervene immediately; otherwise, many jobs are on the line,” he said.

He appealed to Tinubu to consider those who had heavily invested  in the sector.

The CEO of Stellar Beverage, Mr Gandhi Anandan, said that the ban might trigger irresponsible drinking and make consumers drink heavily if they could not have access to smaller quantities.

“While alcohol,  like any other product, must be consumed in moderation, if we take away the size from responsible drinking, we are not being fair to anyone,” he said.

Mr Wale Majaolagbe, CEO of Grand Oak Industries, said that distilled wine and spirits had not been pinned down as causes of death of any individual.

“NAFDAC should not be insensitive to the hardship Nigerians are going through by imposing this ban,” Majaolagbe said.

Earlier, Mr Segun Ajayi-Kadir, Director- General of MAN, said that the association was deeply concerned about the ban.

Ajayi-Kadir said that the bank would impact negatively on manufacturers, workers, the citizenry and the economy.

He said that following previous concerns, stakeholders collaborated to enlighten  citizens on responsible consumption by supporting the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC to undertake advocacy, messaging, training and education of the public.

He said that during the period, DIBAN spent over one billion naira on campaigns to ensure zero consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage, and promote responsible use among adults.

“Furthermore strategic moves were made to identify factors that affect irresponsible consumption of alcoholic beverages and identify factors responsible for underage drinking in Nigeria.

“We also moved to implement strategies guided by best global practices and national priorities towards strengthening regulatory activities (e.g. access control) and strengthening implementation structures through effective collaboration to ensure sustainability.

“Prior to the investments made by  companies in the packaging, distribution, logistics and advertisement of their products, necessary approval were obtained.

“Government must be seen to promote and protect the growth of local industries and jobs and tackle fake, counterfeit and unwholesome alcoholic beverages,” he said.(NAN)


VP Shettima Arrives Enugu for project Inauguration




Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on Monday arrived  Enugu State for project inauguration.

Shettima, who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at 9.

52a.m. with a Presidential Jet 5N-FGW, was received by Gov.
Peter Mbah of Enugu Enugu, Hope Uzodimma of  Imo, Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra and Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi.

Others are Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, Traditional Rulers, Government Officials and many South-East dignitaries.

The visit is his first to the South-East since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.

He is expected to attend South-East Business Roundtable and formal launch of South-East phase of the Light Up Nigeria Project.

He is also expected to inaugurate Aba Integrated Power Project being organised by the Management of Geometric Power Limited. (NAN)

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Police College Ikeja Prepares for New Recruits in Lagos




Police College Ikeja in Lagos State says it is prepared to start training the screened new Police constables for the next six months.

The College Spokesperson, ASP Owajulaye Saka, disclosed this on Monday in an interview in Lagos.

Saka said that ahead of the training, all the drilling instructors had started training their personnel, stressing that the college had enough instructors to take care of the trainees.

He said that the Minister of Police Affairs, Sen.

Ibrahim Gaidam, had visited for spot assessment of the institution’s facilities.

The college’s spokesperson said the minister was satisfied with what he saw but requested the management of the school to submit the list of materials needed by the institution.

Saka said the school had since submitted the list to the ministry, which included mattresses, kitchen utensils and fans for the classrooms.

NReports says that the Police Service Commission (PSC), had successfully screened no fewer than 171,956 applicants for the position of constables nationwide.

The PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement that the successful applicants were currently receiving messages, inviting them for Computer Based Tests scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th, across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Ani also said that 43,778 out of the applicants, who were successful in the specialists cadre during the screening, were expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the commission. (NAN)

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Imo has not received N30 bn from FG—-Uzodimma




From Marcel Duru, Charity Wins Owerri

The Governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodimma has said that Imo State has not received N30 billion from President Tinubu.

Speaking with top  level Party Chiftains at the government House in Owerri Imo State recently, urged them not to rely on the quick and false information of the so called social media

He said that if Imo State Government has received the fund form the Federal Government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu perhaps everybody in the State will be aware of it.

Recently Godswill Akpabio, Nigeria’s senate president has disclosed that each state governor has been allocated an extra N30 billion to address the challenges of food scarcity and hardships confronting Nigerians.

Akpabio said each state should properly utilize the money towards ensuring the availability of food.

The former Akwa Ibom governor made this known while Speaking on the floor of the senate

“I must say that unverified report has it that each of the state government in the last few months received additional N30 billion from Federal Inland Revenue Service, outside their normal allocation from the federation account to assist them in ameliorating the food situation.

“We believe that every state government should utilise the funds so received towards ensuring that food is available.”

The current economic hardship has led to a hike in the prices of foodstuffs across the country.

The shortage of foodstuffs was also linked to the hoarding by some people and illegal smuggling to neighbouring countries.

Recall that Vice President Kashim Shettima had disclosed how security operatives discovered 32 illegal routes being used to smuggle foodstuffs and other items to neighbouring countries from Nigeria.

Shettima said security agents intercepted 45 trucks smuggling maize to neighbouring countries.

He noted that the price of “maize” came down by N10,000. The price of maize allegedly came down from N60,000 to N50,000″ when the trucks were intercepted.

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