FG to introduce national policy on beer production
The Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Otunba Niyi Adebayo said the ministry was working on a national beer production policy.
The Minister was represented by the Deputy Director of the Agro-Allied Division of the Department of Industrial Development of the Ministry, Ms. Olumuyiwa Ajayi-Ade at the launch of the SMASHED project in Abuja by the beer sector group of the manufacturers’ association of the Nigeria.
“My ministry is developing a national policy for the sector due to the industry’s contribution to national GDP, job creation and wealth generation along its value chain. We therefore seek input from all relevant stakeholders in order to have a comprehensive policy for the sector,” the Minister said, calling for input from key stakeholders.
The punch reported in March this year that the beer sector contributed $2.2 billion to the Nigerian economy in 2019, according to the Worldwide Brewing Alliance’s new report on the sector’s global economic impact.
The report also states that the global beer sector supported over 309,000 jobs in Nigeria in 2019, equivalent to 0.4% of national employment, or 81% of employment in Aba.
It was also reported that the global beer sector supported $526 million in tax revenue in Nigeria in 2019, or 1.7% of government revenue.
G.S.O. initiated Project SMASHED to discourage underage drinking and reduce the incidence of alcohol-related harm among adolescents.
Also speaking at the launch, Education Minister Adamu Adamu said that underage drinking is a major problem that requires interventions through moral education.
The minister who was represented by a director at the ministry, Andrew Apeh, stressed the need to inculcate the right values and principles in children.
He added that government and the private sector have a common social obligation to have a positive impact on society, commending G.S.O. for taking a strong stance against alcohol consumption among people under the age of 18.
Earlier, BSG Chairman and CEO of Guinness Nigeria Plc., Baker Magunda noted that the project aims to empower young people to make the right choices.