The move to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol in Sabon Gari Local Government area of Kaduna is raising dust of trouble with hotel and beer parlour owners kicking against it.
On Thursday, at public hearing of the legislative arm of the local government on the proposed edict, stakeholders expressed their fury at it, saying the move was ultra vires and doesn’t fall within the power the local government authorities.
The legislative council had in a letter dated 21st October, 2019 invited Hotel and Beer Parlour Proprietors Association, otherwise known as Liquor Association to the public hearing for their inputs into the edict.
But in their submission through their legal counsel, Mr Daniel Peter, the hoteliers noted that LG in Nigeria have the power to license, regulate and control sales of liquor, but they do not have power to prohibit the sales or consumption of alcohol.
According to the association, section 5 and 6 of the proposed edict clearly prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol and this is outside the legislative powers of Local Governments.
Meanwhile, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Zaria, said no religious body advocated or preached for the sale and consumption of liquor, but urged the council to thread with caution in handling the proposed Bill in accordance with the Constitution of the country.
The JNI and CAN were respectively represented by Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi and Pastor Moses Haruna.