Muktar Ahmed, member of the House of Representatives, says excise duties on soft drinks will reduce the level of diabetes in Nigeria.

Ahmed, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing the federal constituency of Kaduna South, spoke on Monday at a public hearing organized by the House of Representatives committee to consider the 2021 finance bill.

Carbonated drinks are drinks that contain dissolved carbon dioxide and are said to be made up of a large amount of sugar.

Speaking at the public hearing, Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, said the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning was studying the trends before extending “the acceleration of the expected increase in customs and excise duties on tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks to finance health, education and security expenses ”.

But in his remarks, the lawmaker said efforts should be accelerated on the issue to ensure the introduction of a tax on soft drinks, as this will generate revenue for the government and “also reduce the level of diabetes” in the country. the country.

“The soft drink excise issue, honorable minister and the team, you really need to step up on this issue,” he said.

“As a member of the customs committee, we really see this area as one of the revenue streams that we hope to get more money from for customs and we want to continue that in 2022.

“But with this submission from you, it looks like we have to wait a bit. So please speed up the action. If for nothing else, it will at least reduce the level of diabetes in this country. “

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood (or sugar in the blood), which over time causes serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.

The WHO notes that the most common type of the disease is type 2 diabetes – usually in adults – which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or does not make enough insulin.

Type 2 of the disease is sometimes inherited and linked to family history, but environmental factors are also thought to play a role.

However, while Ahmed has said that the introduction of a tax on soft drinks will fight diabetes, TheCable’s audits have shown that there are other sources of sugar consumption, including alcoholic beverages, cookies, rolls, cakes, dairy products and savory foods.

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