October 10, 2017 By Jariatu S. Bangura
The Sierra Leone Alcohol Policy Alliance (SLAPA) has called on Members of Parliament to develop a national Alcoholic Policy that would influence relevant ministries to discourage the intake of the substance.
The call was made during a meeting in parliament which attracted committee members from Health and Sanitation, Trade and Industry, Internal Affairs, Education, Finance and Social Welfare respectively.
Chairperson of SLAPA, Ibrahim B. Kamara, said their aim is to advocate and support the development and implementation of a national alcoholic policy that would enhance control in the production, sale, marketing and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
He said they also intended to promote monitoring and evaluation of alcohol related issues, citing the formulation and effective implementation of policies.
“We want parliamentarians to serve as a champions against alcohol misuse and monitor the implementation of existing policies and legislations. MPs should also increase awareness on the harmful effect of alcohol in their constituencies,” he said.
Mr. Kamara noted that Pillar 3 in the Agenda for Prosperity seeks to accelerate human development through access to education, providing extensive health services and controlling HIV/AIDS, while Pillar 7 looks at good governance, including access to justice, peace and security.
Chairman of the Committee on Health, Hon. Abdulai Sesay, stressed the need for lawmakers to sensitize their constituents, especially youth manipulated by politicians during election period.