Wednesday, August 8, 2012
EFFECTIVE LEGISLATION ON ALCOHOL IN AFRICA WILL SAVE AFRICANS
I ran into the article below out of curiosity and my continuous demand for enabling public health policies and laws which are duly enforced in the interest of public health and safety. In one of our publications we advocated the need for robust health, safety and environment policies in Nigeria and Africa in general because of the global investment traffic that has been directed towards Africa of late which is almost making Africa a pivot which the future global economy will revolve. If this being true, there is therefore the urgent need for the legislative arm of Government across African continent to rise up in the interest of the African people to embark on informed legislations that will protect the people and sustain the future (environment). It is not enough to make laws but most importantly is enforcement. Where are the regulators of products that are inimical to the safety and security of African people? Why has Africa become a choice place of such trade? Is this traceable to dysfunctional legislative and enforcement malfunction? What really has gone wrong? Should we keep quiet? But if we do, what happens to the future that our children yearn to see? When they see the system we finally hand over to them, will they be proud of us? Let us start for the basic; i get really worried when i see alcohol advertisements all over the streets of Lagos, Nigeria and even in both the electronic and the print media. In the just concluded ISO 26000 (NAP) technical session in Abuja, we were asked if it is proper for a tobacco company to be allowed to involve in Social Responsibility owing to the fact that what they produce causes the highest number of deaths in the world that are traceable to cancer. Most of us felt it will be wrong to allow tobacco company use proceeds from such harmful trade to perform SR. What about alcohol brewers? What about arms and ammunitions manufacturers? These were the contrasting points raised while the debate lasted. My questions are: •Is it not possible to make legislation that will control the consumption of alcohol across Africa? •What alcohol brewers pay as taxes, is it enough to sacrifice the safety and security of Africans for? •What is obtainable in terms of control and regulations in other continents of the world? •In whose interest does an African legislator initiates legislative process? •Are the regulators of this market adequately supported by law? •Can other African countries take a leap from the South Africa, Kenya and Zambia initiatives? •What is responsible for the rather very loose regulation and control of alcohol market in Nigeria? Please read the article below as culled from Channels Television posting and leave your comment when you are done.
Posted by Occupational Health and Safety Managers (Nigeria) at 10:00 AM