The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has thrown a challenge to Shatta Wale and other celebrities who are threatening to go against their orders and endorse alcoholic beverages.
According to their Head of Industry Support Services Department Mr Kofi Esse, the law will deal with anybody who goes against the law.
Speaking during an interview with Mzgee on 3FM’s Showbuzz show, the FDA official stated that the fact that Nigerian celebrities are allowed to advertise alcoholic products does not mean Ghanaian celebrities will also be allowed to do same.
“The fact that Nigerian celebrities are allowed to advertise alcoholic beverages doesn’t necessarily translate to the situation in Ghana. We have made concrete observation with the influence of celebrities on minors and we’ve come up with regulations that will safeguard our situation,” he said.
He added that the FDA would remain resilient in its quest to protect the future of the Ghanaian youth especially since they have the backing of the government of Ghana to carry out such initiative.
Hence, Shatta Wale and his colleagues should desist from flouting their orders.
“There’s a law in Ghana which is the public health act of 2012, Act 251 and that act says that for the FDA to do its work, FDA have to draw guidelines and these guidelines have been developed. These guidelines says that you can not do this, you go ahead and try it. Let anyone go ahead and try it and we’ll see whether there are laws in Ghana or not.” Mr Essel dared celebrities