Nigerian government has announced additional N10 excise duty tax on per liter of all non-alcoholic, carbonated and sweetened beverages.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the tax was introduced by government to discourage intake of carbonated products like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sprite and other sweetened beverages that are associated with excessive sugar related sickness like obesity and diabetes.
According to reports, about four million Nigerians suffer from diabetes linked to excess sugar consumption.
The minister made the disclosure today at the presentation of 2022 budget breakdown in Abuja. The new tax law is contained in the government’s 2021 Finance Act.
The government considers the new measure as one of its 2022 budget priorities that help to raise more revenue for health-related and other critical expenditures.