Multiple award-winning dancehall king Shatta Wale has asked the food and drugs authority to focus on banning kids from taking alcoholic beverages and leave celebrities alone.
Speaking in an interview with Anigye Mmre on Onua FM with Christian Agyei Frimpong, Shatta Wale noted that certain decisions need to be taken well because people’s businesses are involved.
Shatta Wale’s comments follows an initial call on his fellow musicians in Ghana to join him on the street to protest against the FDA’s ban that prevents celebrities from endorsing or advertising alcoholic products.
Shatta Wale made the call after Nigerian celebrities – Ini Edo, Jim Iyke, Uti Nwachukwu, Teddy A, Charles Okocha, Victor AD and Melvin Oduah were unveiled as brand ambassadors of Adonko Bitters which is a product by a Ghanaian company.
Mr Kofi Essel, Head of Industry Support Services Department of the FDA, had indicated that the country’s laws will drastically deal with any individual who flouts the ban by the authorities.
“The decision FDA has taken will affect not only the celebrities, but business people too who have invested a lot of money into the production of alcoholic beverages will also be affected.” He stated.
Shatta Wale went ahead to advise FDA and authorities to implement laws, including the use of ID cards, to deter kids from buying or patronising alcohol.
“Don’t say me, Shatta Wale I will let some small boy in Nima drink alcohol,” he stressed.