Chiefs in the Banu traditional area in the Sissala East Municipality are calling for a ban on sale of alcohol due to abuse by young people and women who have now become addicted and enslaved in the menace.
This was contained in the address of the Paramount Chief of Banu, Pio, Alhaji Sumaila Yakubu during the Fakuri festivals over the weekend where he said “young people especially the youth consume alcohol and involve themselves in certain vices in the areas and name five communities where this is popular”.
Looking further into the situation of alcohol abuse in the traditional area one of assembly member Hon. Sumaila Batiadan Mahamud disclosed to Radford FM that “the young people in the area consume alcohol in excess and remain at spots where alcohol is sold all day taking away everything from them”.
The Assembly member said when the young people consume alcohol they don’t participate in meetings, communal and other activities in the community, as working for themselves even become difficult.
“Women in the area are also involved in the consumption and abuse of alcohol, as this was confirmed by the assembly member.
Mr. Sumaila has indicated that he personally went round with health personnel to educate the young people in the traditional area that consumption of alcohol is not bad but too much of it is harmful to their health yet, change is yet to be seen. Here he speaks on the news.
Sales of hard liquor is a popular business in the traditional area mostly of person from the Southern part of the country who usually barter the alcohol for grains and other properties whilst their location makes it difficult for the Food and Drugs authority to properly monitor the quality of the alcoholic beverage served to the population.
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