How We Plan To Enforce New Laws on Sale of Alcohol in Nigeria, NAFDAC Reveals

How We Plan To Enforce New Laws on Sale of Alcohol in Nigeria, NAFDAC Reveals

  • The 'police' arm of NAFDAC would be actively involved in the enforcement of the new law on the production and sale of alcohol in Nigeria
  • This was disclosed by the director-general of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement on Monday, January 24
  • Adeyeye also urged the association of distillers and brewers to educate young ones against the use of alcohol

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it would depend on police officers across the country to enforce its recent ban on alcohol in sachets.

The director-general of the agency, Mojisola Adeyeye, said that the agency would no longer register alcohols in sachets, small PET volumes and glass bottles below 200 millilitres.

Professor Mojisola Adeyeye
NAFDAC said its arm of police officers would help the agency to enforce the new policy on alcohol Photo: Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye

In a statement seen by, the agency said the recommendation to ban alcohol in small volumes followed a recommendation of a high-powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and Industry in December 2018.

Read also

ICRC moves to re-energize six dry ports concessions in Nigeria

Adeyeye said other members of the committee include the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers, and the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria.

Do you have a groundbreaking story you would like us to publish? Please reach us through!

She added that efforts are being made to ensure that the validity of the renewal of already registered alcoholic beverages does not exceed 2024.

Enforcing the new NAFDAC law

Speaking on enforcing the new law, Adeyeye said the association of distillers and blenders across the country have also been urged to educate Nigerians below 18-years of age against purchasing or consuming alcohol.

She said anyone who fails to adhere to the new law, will be handed over to the police arm of NAFDAC for immediate prosecution.

Adeyeye said:

“The final step is that anybody that does not comply with all the rules will be handed over to our own police arm for prosecution. We hand over irredeemable cases to the enforcement directorate.

Read also

Petrol Price Hike: NLC dares FG, insists on national protest, vows to shut down economy from February 1

“We have police personnel, who the IG gave us whenever we are going for arrests. So, if they refuse to follow the protocols, starting from the volume of alcohol and other things, they will be arrested by our own NAFDAC police.”

Nigerians spent N491.71bn buying alcohol, soft drinks from four companies in 9 Months to stay happy

Nigerians continue to find a way to stay happy despite the country's security and economic problems.

People living in Nigeria have so far 2021 spent N491.71 billion on alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from their favourite drink makers.

The full reopening of hotels, bars, restaurants, and grocery stores has helped increase spending after a lockdown in 2020.

Soft drinks to get more expensive as Buhari's govt imposes N10/litre excise duty despite manufacturers plea

The federal government lobbying for the reinstatement of excise duty on soft drinks, which was repealed in 1993 has been actualised.

Read also

It was enforcement of illegality: Reps to probe IGP, Malami's involvement on Magodo Estate siege

The return of excise duty, according to the minister of finance will help boost the economy and discourage excessive consumption of sugary beverages.

Manufacturers, on the other hand, feel it will affect their revenue and lead to a rise in soft drink prices.


Online view pixel