The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has emphasized that the prohibition of sachet alcohol aims to protect the well-being of Nigerians.

According to Christy Obiazikwor, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at NAFDAC, speaking on Saturday, the agency entered into an agreement with distillers and blenders, allowing a five-year transition period for them to deplete existing stock.

Obiazikwor stated, “Isn’t five years sufficient? We haven’t banned alcohol outright; rather, we’ve restricted its distribution in small sachets and pet bottles. Sachet alcohol can contain up to 30% alcohol content, significantly higher than beer’s 4-8%. Its potency poses risks, particularly as it is misused by motorcycle taxi riders (Okada riders) and easily accessible to children.”

She added, “Our objective is to safeguard the health of our nation, particularly children and unsuspecting Nigerians who may fall victim to the misuse of sachet alcohol by Okada riders and other road users.”

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