The National Action on Sugar Reduction Coalition has called on the National Assembly to fast track the passage of bill on tax on carbonated drinks.The call was made in a statement signed by NASR Coalition Representative, Omei Bongos-Ikwe, and issued to newsmen in Abuja on Friday.

It stated that the call was made during a virtual stakeholders meeting conveyed NASR on Wednesday, which had the attendance of a member of the House of Representatives, Abubakar Nalaraba.According to the statement, Nalaraba pledges the support of the National Assembly on the carbonated drink tax which is being advocated for by the coalition.

It said that earlier this year, Nalaraba had sponsored a motion that was presented before the National Assembly calling for tax on carbonated drinks and a ban on misleading packaging claims.

The statement noted that NASR coalition and its partners, comprising 16 health groups, had previously written to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, urging her to proposed carbonated drinks tax.NASR in the statement also praised the minister for her announcement recently about the “pro-health” tax.

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