The Food Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association, FBTSS, and National Union of Food Beverages and Tobacco Employees, NUFBTE, on Tuesday, said over five hundred thousand workers will lose their jobs as a result of the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in sachets and PET bottles.
The associations spoke during a protest at the Lagos office of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
The protesters, while calling on the Federal Government to save the jobs of many Nigerians, reeled out various economic disadvantages of the proposed ban and appealed to the government to reconsider the stand.
The associations complained this new policy will further pile more problems on the Nigerian economy as it may lead to the eventual shutdown of the industries producing these products.
They pleaded with NAFDAC and the federal government to lift the outright ban on these products while the Agency implements regulation of the products as well as public enlightenment instead of throwing the baby with the bath.
Reacting to this, the Director General for NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye, said its agency is not running everyone out of business but will not relent in kicking out any locally manufacturing products endangering people’s life.
“With this ban, counterfeiters and moonshiners will have a field day which will give rise to various health problems” they stated.