Nigerian Parliament begins move to enforce age restriction on alcohol use


The Nigerian Parliament today called on relevant authorities to implement age restriction on alcohol use across the country.

While the country’s federal health ministry, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Consumer Protection Council (CPC) are to ensure no Nigerian child under the age of 18 uses alcohol.

The education ministry and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) are both to embark on alcohol prevention advocacy in high schools.

Night clubs, liquor stores, restaurants and beer parlors are to discourage sales of alcohol to under-aged children, especially those under 18 years.

A member of the lower House, House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Emeka Martins, through a motion, alarmed the rising use of drugs and alcohol amongst teens especially those in high school to members.

He observed that Nigeria risk attainment its national Sustainable Development Goal on health with the current trend of drugs and alcohol use amongst teens.

Consequently, the House mandated its committees on Health Care Services, Information, National Orientation and Ethics and Values to ensure compliance