Minister of Health Reaffirms his Confidence in the National Tobacco Control Committee (NATOCC)
he Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has reaffirmed his confidence on the members of the National Tabaco Control Committee (NATOCC) as the members of the committee have conducted themselves diligently within the ambit of their statutory role which is advising the Hon. Minister. The Minister was responding to the advertorial that was published in The Nation News Papers of Thursday 6th October, 2016 Titled SOS: Save National Tobacco Control Committee from Subversive Elements.
In the said advertorial, a group – Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) while making suggestions on the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 questioned the activities and integrity of members of the recently inaugurated National Tobacco Control Committee. The Group also made unsubstantiated claims of attempts by foreign entities to manipulate the implementation of the Tobacco Control Act through insertion of clauses and inducements.
Responding to the above allegation, the Minister said the Ministry of Health has constitutional authority to collaborate with partners both local and international in advancing public health initiative in Nigeria.
He said that tobacco remains a global health challenge which also requires collaborative efforts at local and global levels. Such collaboration according to the Minister had been on for HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, Polio and other health issues that require local and international expertise to address. “As it stands, the Ministry is open to suggestions and advice from any member of the public or group that have meaningful contributions towards the activities of the committee by channelling such through laid down procedure”, he added. He said the Ministry remains firm on delivering the mandate of Tobacco Act in rolling back the tobacco epidemic and eliminating Tobacco related illness and death.
Director, Media and Public Relations, FMOH