There was palpable stress on Thursday on the public listening to on the proposed invoice to ban gross sales and consumption of beer and different associated alcohol by Sabon Gari Local Government Area, Zaria, Kaduna State.
A letter dated 21st October from the legislative council invited Hotel and Beer Parlour Proprietors Association, in any other case generally known as Liquor Association for the general public listening to.
Making their commentary and submission on the listening to via their lawyer, Mr. Daniel Peter, the hoteliers famous that native governments in Nigeria have the ability to license, regulate and management the gross sales of liquor, however they don’t have energy to ban the gross sales of liquor and wouldn’t have the legislative energy to ban consumption of beer.
He identified that Section 5 and 6 of the stated invoice clearly prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol and that is exterior the legislative powers of native governments which “clearly stated in the fourth schedule of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and therefore ultra vires and not within the legislative competence of LGs.”
He additionally famous that Section 7 of the proposed invoice which talked about prostitution had been legislated by the Kaduna State Assembly in Section 169 of the Kaduna State Penal code which is relevant and enforceable in Sabon Gari LG based mostly on its constitutional powers.
However, the hoteliers beneficial that “the proposed invoice ought to, in reality, be on licensing, regulation and management of the sale of liquor as clearly said within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and to not prohibit sale and consumption of alcohol in Sabon Gari must be guided by its legislative powers conferred by the Constitution and never arrogate unto itself further powers exterior the availability s of the legislation.
“That in exercising its constitutional powers of management on this regards, sale of alcohol might be exempted in open.
“That all individuals who promote alcohol throughout the native authorities should belong to liquor affiliation throughout the native authorities for straightforward identification, regulation, and management.
“That the local government should only give licence for sell of alcohol or liquor to persons approved by Liquor Association within the local government to ensure easy/proper regulation and control.”
Also, pushing for the suspension of the invoice on the listening to, the representatives of native liquor sellers generally known as ‘Brukutu’, Mr. Richard Sankai, stated outlawing gross sales of alcohol within the native authorities space would have an effect on the livelihood of the sellers since most of them are widows who rely upon the enterprise to care for their households.
Meanwhile, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Zaria, stated no spiritual physique advocated or preached for the sale and consumption of liquor, however urged the council to string with warning in dealing with the proposed invoice in accordance with the Constitution of the nation.
The JNI and CAN have been respectively represented by Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi and Pastor Moses Haruna.