Union Protests Ban On Sachet Alcohol In Abuja, Gives NAFDAC 14 Days

The Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has given the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) a 14-day ultimatum to reverse its ban on sachet alcohol. This ultimatum was issued during a protest held at the NAFDAC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

During the protest, members of the association threatened to escalate their protests to NAFDAC offices nationwide if the ban is not overturned. The National President of the association, Jimoh Oyibo, led the protest and submitted a letter outlining the union’s demands.

Oyibo highlighted that the ban adversely affects the union’s members, particularly those employed in distilling and blending companies.

According to Oyibo, the ban hurts the union, as most of its members work in the distilling and blending companies.

On February 1, NAFDAC started the enforcement of the ban on alcoholic beverages in sachets, and glass bottles of 200ml and below.

NAFDAC boss Mojisola Adeyeye, said as of January 31, 2024, no such beverages were registered with the NAFDAC.