Nigeria's Ssb Tax Below Who Recommendation, Coalition Says

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Nigeria's SSB Tax Below WHO Recommendation, Coalition Says

A coalition known as the National Action on Sugar Reduction, says Nigeria's current tax rate of N10 per litre on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages falls below the World Health Organisation recommendations.

This was stated by the spokesperson of the coalition, Omei Bongos, in a statement to commemorate the inauguration of the powerful Public Service Announcement of the coalition in Abuja.

According to her, the Federal Government need to increase tax on SSB, saying such a move would reduce the rate of consumption, and help to combat the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the country.

Bongos explained that PSA was aimed at educating Nigerians about the harmful effects of consuming SSB, which are major contributors to non-communicable diseases.

According to her, more than 11 million Nigerians are suffering from type 2 diabetes and are struggling to afford necessary medication.

While noting that the campaign highlights the urgent need for policymakers to take action, she added, "Consumption of SSB is not just a personal choice; it has far-reaching consequences on public health. By increasing the SSB tax, we can reduce consumption and ultimately save lives.

"Nigeria is currently one of the largest consumers of soft drinks in Africa and ranks seventh globally.

"The current tax rate of N10 per litre falls below WHO recommendations and is ineffective in curbing consumption.

"This PSA serves as a call to action for government officials to prioritize public health by implementing policies that will protect citizens from preventable diseases associated with excessive sugar intake.

"NASR is a coalition of health organisations dedicated to advocating for pro-health policies aimed at reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in order to improve public health outcomes in Nigeria."