By Oluwatobi Opusunju
The Federal Ministry of Health has warned the general public of the dangerous public health content and violation of Tobacco Ctrl Act in ‘Wo’ by Olamide which might attract the singer a penalty of 1 year jail term and a fine of nothing less than a million naira.
The Ministry made the revelation on Twitter in a series of posts, noting that the content of the song’s video violates the 2015 Act of the Nigerian Tobacco law.
The tweet read, “The public is informed of the dangerous public health content & violation of 🇳🇬 Tobacco Ctrl Act 2015 in “Wo” by @olamide_YBNL #ClearTheAir
“The content & video contains scenes that violate the ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion & Sponsorship provision of the act #ClearTheAir.”
However, even though the 2015 Tobacco Act prohibits the promotion or advertisement of tobacco or tobacco products in any form, it doesn’t apply to tobacco manufacturers, retailers of tobacco products and any consenting person who is 18 years of age or above.
“No person shall sponsor or participate in any programme or event which is aimed at wholly or partially promoting or advertising tobacco or tobacco products.
“No person shall engage or participate in any tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship as a media or event organizer, celebrity or other participant,” the Act reads.
According to the ACT, a person who violates any of the provisions of the ACT will be subject to face the specified penalties which states that:
“Person that produces or publishes advertising, promotion or sponsorship content and shall attract a fine of not less than N3,000,000 and a term of imprisonment of not more than one year.
“Person that disseminates tobacco advertising, promotion, or sponsorship content when it should reasonably have been aware of the content and when it was in a position to remove the content or disable access to it but failed to do so, and shall attract a fine of not less than #1,000,000.00 and a term of imprisonment of 1 year.”