Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a health advocacy group, praised President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing a sugary drink tax, saying the tax will increase government revenue.
The group, in a statement released Saturday in Abuja, also praised Finance Minister Zainab Shamusuna for her efforts which led to the introduction of the sugary drink tax in the country.
The Minister of Finance recently announced a tax on sugary drinks, stating that an excise tax of N10 per liter will now be imposed on soft drinks, carbonated and sugary drinks.
“We commend President Buhari, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health for recognizing the importance of sound food policies and the significant impact this SSB tax will have in Nigeria.
“The newly introduced tax, an excise duty of 10 naira per liter (USD 0.02/litre) imposed on all soft drinks and sugary drinks, comes at a key time in Nigeria, which is believed to have over 12 million of people suffering from obesity and leads the continent in the prevalence of diabetes.
“The tax will encourage lower consumption, increase government revenue and be an essential tool to help tackle the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.
“Implementing healthy food policies, including taxes on sugary drinks, helps curb rising global rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related non-communicable diseases. A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health in 2020 showed that South Africa’s SSB levy (called the Health Promotion Levy) was effective in reducing the consumption and purchases of taxed beverages within a year of its implementation.
“According to a study published by the University of Washington, Seattle saw a 20% drop in consumption after an SSB tax was implemented in January 2018, and the drop in low-income communities was even greater. important.
“We are delighted with this development. The SSB tax is a victory for public health and the people of Nigeria. Gatefield has benefited from the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, including members of our NASR coalition, other public health groups and the academic research community, to reach this historic milestone, Shirley Ewang, Advocacy Specialist and external engagement at Gatefield Impact, GHAI’s partners in Nigeria,” the group said.