Over 500,000 Nigerians to lose jobs as FG begins ban on sachet alcohol


Nationwide Sachet Alcohol Ban Raises Concerns Over Massive Job Losses

In a recent development, the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees () has expressed deep concerns over the potential loss of half a million jobs as a consequence of the proposed nationwide ban on sachet alcohol.

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The call for the ban has gained momentum in recent weeks, driven by concerns over the health and social implications associated with the widespread consumption of cheap and easily accessible sachet alcohol. Advocates argue that such a ban is crucial for public welfare, aiming to curb alcohol-related issues and promote a healthier society.

However, the NUFBTE has highlighted the unintended consequences that may arise if the sachet alcohol ban is implemented without due consideration for the economic impact on workers in the industry.

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The union estimates that around 500,000 jobs could be at stake, as many workers are employed in the production, distribution, and retail sectors of the sachet alcohol industry.

The sachet alcohol industry has been a significant source of livelihood for a considerable number of people, particularly in low-income communities where formal employment opportunities may be limited. Many small-scale entrepreneurs have built their businesses around the production and sale of these affordable alcohol products.


The NUFBTE argues that a sudden and comprehensive ban could lead to a domino effect, affecting not only the workers directly involved in the industry but also those in related sectors, such as packaging and transportation.

Critics of the ban are urging policymakers to consider alternative measures, such as implementing stricter regulations, public awareness campaigns, and supporting initiatives that promote responsible drinking.

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They emphasize the need for a balanced approach that addresses public health concerns while also safeguarding the livelihoods of those dependent on the sachet alcohol industry.

As discussions on the potential ban continue, finding a middle ground that prioritizes both public health and economic stability will be crucial. Striking a balance that protects jobs while addressing concerns related to alcohol consumption remains a complex challenge for policymakers.




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