Presidential Committee seeks scrap of alcohol adverts

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The Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse has recommended that the adverts on alcohol and other recreational drugs be scrapped to discourage its use.

While speaking on a TV show, Sunrise Daily on Channels, TV, the Committee’s Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, revealed that drugs abuse in the country is one the rise and may pose bigger problems.

“You really can’t say zero-alcohol because people have the rights,” he said. “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’s committee was constituted in December 2018 and submitted its report to the President in October 2019.

But the report has not been implemented as it is being reviewed by a second committee chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

According to Marwa, the second committee is expected to meet later this week and he would be “surprised” if its implementation does not “start in another month.”

“The drug control scourge in Nigeria, unless it is tackled, we are finished,” Marwa said.