On the 20th of September 2016, a unanimous decision was taken by the Minister of Mines and Technological Development, Ernest Ngwaboubou, Public Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda and Minister of Trade, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana to ban the production and commercialisation of sachet whisky in Cameroon. This decision was taken amidst the producers of whisky sold in sachets in a close door meeting.
The decision to ban the sales and commercialisation of sachet whisky didn’t just come from the thin air.It is worth recalling that the ban is contained in an inter-ministerial text of 12th September 2014, with its producers given a two-year period of grace. Unfortunately for dealers in sachet whisky, 12th September 2016 marks the expiration of this grace period. This close door meeting between Cameroon’s top officials and dealers of sachet whisky was aimed at arriving at a consensus and forwarding feedbacks to the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang.
The government of Cameroon took this harsh measure to ban the production and commercialisation of sachet whisky in Cameroon Due to these reasons below;
- The cheap nature of this product makes it affordable and perhaps leads to carefree intake which in turn accounts for a great number of road accidents in the country and other alcohol-related crimes.
- Secondly, the ban is to control the illegal production and sales of this locally produced alcohol considered a health and environmental hazard.
This close door meeting between Cameron’s top officials and dealers of sachet whisky was aimed at arriving at a consensus and forwarding feedbacks to the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang.
We are no strangers to the damages the reckless consumption of alcohol, especially those packaged in sachets, have rained on the population of Cameroon. Due to the cheap nature and high alcoholic content of sachet whiskies majority of the population have embraced the product. Some claim that they drink to ‘forget about their problems.’ but the sad reality is it has mostly led to more problems.
A sage once said, “Alcoholism is the disease that makes you too selfish to see the havoc you created and care about the people you shattered.”
You should stop drinking like you won’t be able to do so again. You have a whole life to ruin with alcohol.