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Lagos Takes Hard Stand Against Fake Drinks In Hospitality Industry

    Posted by on January 6, 2024,

Lagos Takes Hard Stand Against Fake Drinks In Hospitality Industry

In response to the rising concern of counterfeit drinks circulating in clubs and restaurants across Lagos, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mr. Idris Aregbe, issues a stern warning against the sale and distribution of fake drinks in the state.

According to him, the prevalence of fake drinks poses a significant threat to public health and safety, prompting intensified and coordinated efforts by his office to eradicate these substandard products from circulation. ‘We call upon all clubs, restaurants, and public places where drinks are sold to exercise due diligence in ensuring they do not purchase or serve fake drinks to unsuspecting consumers.’

Collaborating with the office of Mr. Ononiwu Francis Ezeribe, Director, Investigation & Enforcement, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC), and Lagos State Safety Commission, the Special Adviser assures the public of a comprehensive effort to eliminate fake drinks from the market. Speaking further, ‘We implore the cooperation of all stakeholders to create an environment where consumers can enjoy beverages without compromising their safety’.

He is also working with Lagos Safety Commission led by DG, Mr. Lanre Mojola. According to Lanre Mojola, this is a laudable initiative from the ministry of tourism, arts, and culture and a furtherance of Governor Sanwo-olu’s commitment to the safety of lives.

‘We urge drinks manufacturers to take a proactive role in public enlightenment, guiding consumers on how to identify genuine products. Proper labeling, packaging, and distribution channels should be emphasized to enhance awareness and ensure the authenticity of beverages.’

To enforce this, the Special Adviser warns that any entertainment venue or gathering found serving or selling fake drinks will face immediate closure, with the suspension of their operating license. He mentions that stringent measures will be taken to safeguard the well-being of Lagos residents and visitors.

He discloses that the ministry is working with other relevant agencies to ensure full compliance with eradicating fake drinks.

Speaking further, he wishes Lagosians a happy new year, ‘As we embark on this crucial exercise, the Special Adviser wishes everyone a Happy New Year and emphasizes the importance of collective responsibility in ensuring a safer and healthier Lagos.

The Special Adviser re-echoes that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture is committed to promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Lagos State while ensuring the safety of its residents and visitors.

Mr. Idris Aregbe,
Special Adviser To The Governor,
Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.

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