- Lawmakers of the House of Representatives have called for age restrictions on alcohol consumption in Nigeria
- The lawmakers said enforcement of the age restriction on the use of alcohol, especially by underaged persons is long overdue
- According to the House, indiscriminate abuse of alcohol has a direct impact on the achievement of national target on Sustainable Development Goal on health
Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 18, called on the federal ministry of health, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to enforce age restrictions on the use of alcohol in Nigeria.
The lawmakers also urged the minister of health to foster a partnership with the ministry of education and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to commence a prevention campaign in schools and public advocacy against the sales of alcohol to under-aged children.
The resolutions by the green chambers follow a motion sponsored by the lawmaker representing Ahiazu Mbaise/ Ezinihitte federal constituency, Chinedu Martins.
Martins his the motion titled: "The need to curb the consumption of alcohol by under-aged youths in Nigeria" said that the trend of alcohol consumption and abuse by the under-aged population especially among students in secondary schools is worrisome.
He also said that the attendant on physical and mental health poses a major national health hazard.
The lawmaker said that indiscriminate abuse of alcohol has a direct impact on the achievement of national target on Sustainable Development Goal on health.
He further warned that Nigeria risk topping global alcohol consumption ranking due to lack of enforcement, poor enlightenment and social influence while its consumption among teenagers has led to increased tendency towards violence in schools, high incidences of school dropouts and cases of mental and physical challenges.
In his contribution, the lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/ Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency, Shina Peller, advised Nigerian youths to substitute drug use with entertainment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a student-owned advocacy group had condemned the ban of codeine by the federal government.
The group said it is important to know that rather than ban substances, there should be sustainable policies on drug abuse and not a reactive solution
The agitating students also called for monitoring the supply chain and mopping up the product would have served as a better action by the federal government.
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