By ONYEANUNA ONYEDIKACHI, Abuja –
Ministry of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Tuesday in Abuja, said that the Federal Government will soon begin the implementation of atleast 9 provision of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015 before the end of the year.
Prof. Adewole said this while declaring open a 3-day workshop on the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015 organized by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) and the Nigerian Tobacco Alliance (NTCA) in collaboration with the Tobacco unit of the Federal Ministry of Health.
Speaking during the workshop, the minister, represented by Dr Evelyn Ngige, Director Public Health Department in the Ministry, the minister stated that the Federal Ministry of Health through the Tobacco Control Unit of the Ministry is committed to providing the leadership and coordination for Tobacco Control activities in the country and task participants to work hard and produce a draft at the end of the workshop that will serve as the National Implementation plan for use by the Tobacco Control Unit to develop a 5-year National Tobacco Control strategy plan of action.
“I wish to inform you that the Federal Ministry of Health through the Tobacco Control Unit is committed to providing the leadership and coordination for tobacco control activities in the country.In this regard, an important task before you in this workshop is to produce a draft National Implementation Plan which the Tobacco Control Unit will use in the nearest future to develop a 5-year National Tobacco Control Strategic Plan of action ” Adewole said.
Similarly, Binta Camara, Africa Director, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) said her organization is here to achieve a more closer partnership with the ministry of health and other advocates against a more desperate tobacco industry players who daily evolve newer strategies to thwart regulations.
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