Lagos govt declares war against sale of fake drinks


Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

By Taiwo Okanlawon

The Lagos State Government has issued a stern warning to entertainment centres within the state against the sale and distribution of fake drinks.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Idris Aregbe, gave the warning in a statement issued through his Instagram page.

According to him, this was in reaction to the rising concern about counterfeit drinks circulating in clubs and restaurants across the state.

He said the prevalence of fake drinks poses a significant threat to public health and safety, prompting intensified and coordinated efforts by his office to eradicate the 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,” he said.

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Aregbe assured the public of a comprehensive effort to eliminate fake drinks from the markets.

He explained that the state would be partnering with the Director of Investigation and Enforcement, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Mr Ononiwu Ezeribe, and the Lagos State Safety Commission led by Mr Lanre Mojola.

He warned that any entertainment venue or gathering found serving or selling fake drinks would face immediate closure, with the suspension of their operating license.

He said stringent measures would be taken to safeguard the well-being of Lagos residents and visitors.

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

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