Delta To Regularise Activities Of Liquor Sellers, Consumers –Efekodha

BY HANNAH OJO
THE Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development is set to see to the implementation of a Liquor Licencing Tribunal to help regularise the activities of liquor sellers/consumers as a way of enhancing the internal generated revenue of the state.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Chief (Mrs.) Betty Efekodha, made this known yesterday while addressing participants during a one-day workshop on the implementation of Liquor Licensing for field social welfare officers in the state.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Alice Akpoghene, stated that the responsibility of the ministry to implement liquor licensing tribunal in the state was assigned to the ministry via a circular letter from the state government in 2001.
“However, the delay in the implementation of the liquor licensing tribunal has made all the nooks and crannies in the state to be littered with unlicensed liquor sellers”, she said.
According to her, “The implementation of the liquor licensing tribunal would not only help to regularise the activities of liquor sellers/consumers but will also help in enhancing the Internal Generated Revenue capacity of the state government”, she submitted.
She further made a passionate plea to media houses to ensure wide coverage and effective dissemination of information on liquor licensing in the state.
While addressing the participants, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Alice Akpoghene, described the implementation of the Liquor Licensing Tribunal in the state as a novelty as far as the ministry is concerned. She disclosed that a lot of deliberations were made with relevant ministries in order to reach a definite conclusion on the project while commending the Board of Internal Revenue and Ministry of Commerce and Industry for their understanding and co-operation.
She further stated that the main objective of the workshop is to equip the implementers of the liquor licensing tribunal with relevant information and technical know-how in order to effectively implement the tribunals in their respective local government areas.
Facilitators for the workshop were drawn from two knowledgeable persons on the implementation of Liquor Licensing Tribunal in the persons of Barr (Mrs.) Juliet Ojeifa of the Ministry of Justice and Mr. Johnson Idogbo of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The participants at the workshop which was drawn from the welfare officers in the various local government areas was also attended by directors and assistant directors from the ministry.