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FG BANS ALCOHOL IN SATCHETS, POLYTHENE

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The Federal Government has indicated plans to completely phase out high concentration of alcohol in sachet and small Polyethylene Terephthalate and glass bottles in the country.

The moves are contained in a statement by the Director-General of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on Saturday titled: ‘ cautions on alcohol abuse.’

She said, “NAFDAC under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health, once again, wishes to bring to the attention of the general public, concerns relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in sachets, small volume glass and PET bottles.

“These concerns relate to negative effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption on public health and on the safety and security of the public, alcohol being a toxic and psychoactive substance with dependence producing properties.

“Uncontrolled access and availability of high concentration alcohol in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles has been put forward as a factor contributing to substance and alcohol abuse in Nigeria with its negative impact on the society.

“The World Health Organisation reports that alcohol consumption contributes to three million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people.

“NAFDAC with full support of the Federal Ministry of Health has continued to exercise its regulatory responsibilities by ensuring that all alcoholic beverages and other regulated products approved by the agency meet set standards of quality, safety and wholesomeness.

“The Federal Ministry of Health is concerned about the high incidence of substance and alcohol abuse in the country and NAFDAC, being the competent authority and working with relevant stakeholders, is increasing efforts to stem this.

“With regard to alcohol, major stakeholders have been engaged at the highest level and are already sensitised to the issue. To this end, several interventions jointly agreed upon by major stakeholders are being undertaken and as a first step, no new products in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles above 30 per cent ABV will be registered by NAFDAC.

“Furthermore, to reduce availability and curb abuse, effective January 31 2020, producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume PET and glass bottles are to reduce production by 50 per cent of capacity prior to January 2020. The overall goal is a complete phase out of high concentration alcohol in sachets and small PET and glass bottles in line with the agreed roadmap or earlier.”

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Aisha Buhari’s flood mission reaches Niger state

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The goodwill of the First Lady of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari was extended to flood victims in Niger state on Thursday 24th September, 2020, through a Future Assured team. As with other flood-prone areas, parts of the state were flooded, leaving many families with destroyed homes, and businesses.

Speaking during the distribution of palliatives to the victims of the flood disaster, leader of the Future Assured team, Mr. Aliyu Abdullahi, Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, delivered her message of sympathy, saying her thoughts are with them at difficult times like this.

Areas visited include Mai Tumbi in Bosso LGA, Ungwar Rahma in Chanchanga LGA, and Farm Center in Minna all in Niger State.

Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alh. Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, who represented Niger State government at the occasion, expressed the appreciation of the government and people of Niger state for the kind gesture of the First Lady, saying that she has been identified by Nigerians for her spirit of philanthropy. Staff of the agency collaborated with the future assured team to conduct the distribution exercise.

Some of the beneficiaries interviewed expressed appreciation to the First Lady for coming to their aid.

This was another humanitarian outreach to states affected by flooding in the country. Many states have so far been visited for distribution of palliatives

Items distributed included large quantities of rice, other food commodities such as cooking oil and toiletries, blankets and clothing materials.

Aliyu Abdullahi
Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
(Office of the First Lady)
September 25, 2020

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13 percent derivation: Ita Enang accuses N’Delta govs of wasting fund on private jets, others

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The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Sen Ita Enang has called for an end to transfer of 13% derivations to State governors.

He noted that the funds should be applied directly to host communities, as he accused governors of Niger Delta of diverting the funds for private jets and luxurious cars.

Enang made the recommendations while receiving members of the Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSCON in his office on Wednesday.

The 13% derivation is the funds given as compensation to mineral resources producing states.

Enang stated that the diversion of the funds is the main reason host communities are vandalizing oil infrastructure.

He added that governors in the Niger Delta should only be given the normal federal allocation, while the 13% derivation should be applied directly to develop the oil producing communities.

It will be inappropriate for the state governors to take the 13 per cent derivation money and apply it only for either building new governor’s lodge, buying private aircraft, increasing the number of vehicles in their convoys or doing any other thing, which are sometimes obscene, making the oil-producing communities angry and forcing them to disrupt crude oil and gas production,” he said.

He added that “since we have seen the way the governors had utilised the 13 per cent derivation fund, I think it is time we go back and obey the provisions of the constitution and cause that these monies be used for the development of oil and gas producing communities directly for their development, so that this affliction would be arrested.”

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