House of Reps Make Moves To Ban Energy Drinks in Nigeria


Got the news this morning that the House of Representatives is set to ban the importation and sale of caffeinated drinks commonly known as ‘energy’ drinks, even as it directs the Joint Committee on Health/Commerce to investigate the importation and distribution of the drinks.

According to The Punch newspaper, the motion which was sponsored by a member, Mr. Yacoob Bush-Alebiosu, said there is need to ban the drinks because of the of health risks caused by the consumption of the energy drinks.

He listed Germany, Norway, France and Denmark among some of the countries that had banned the sale of the drinks in their jurisdiction “as a result of health risks caused by the consumption of energy drinks, including reported cases of deaths.

Bush-Alebiosu added that many brands of the drinks had flooded the country, as consumers were also mixing them with alcoholic drinks. The drinks are now first choice beverages among young people, especially on campuses, bars, clubs and social functions across the country.

Dear GISTvillers, what are your thoughts on this move?

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