Adverts of alcohol products might soon be banned in Nigeria as Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse is moving towards its exclusion from aired contents.
The committee, which was inaugurated in 2018, submitted its report to President Buhari in October 2019. Some of the suggestions from the report were revealed by the chairman of the committee, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, in an interview with Channels TV.
Marwa said, “You really can’t say zero-alcohol because people have the rights.” While people can’t be forced to reduce their alcohol consumption, the committee is requesting for the cutting out of alcohol advert as a measure to curb exposure to contents encouraging its consumption.
He added that, “But when you consume more than is required and perhaps you are caught driving drunk, you know there is a penalty. So these penalties also have to be enforced.
Marwa said he expects the implementation of the report to take effect next month. Mustapha and the second committee plan to meet later this week.