Professor Anthony Kila, the Director of the Commonwealth Institute of Advanced and Professional Studies, has ignited a debate by advocating for the unrestricted operation of all lucrative ventures, including prostitution, amidst discussions surrounding a potential ban on some alcoholic products by NAFDAC in Nigeria.
Expressing his views on the matter, Kila emphasized the inappropriateness of enforcing prohibitions on economic activities at the current juncture. He posited that, given the prevailing economic challenges, any source of income should be allowed to flourish. He urged the regulatory bodies like NAFDAC and the government to prioritize economic considerations over moral or health-related factors.
In an interview with Arise TV, Kila stated, ”I think in terms of where we are, we need to have a holistic approach about what we are dealing with in the country. And I think this is the wrong time to ban any kind of economic activity. I’m not even sure it’s the right time to ban prostitution; anything that yields money should be allowed to flow.”
He further stressed the importance of recognizing the broader impact on livelihoods, pointing out that issues such as hunger, starvation, lack of electricity, and poor infrastructure pose significant threats to health and well-being. Kila urged regulatory bodies to consider the directives of organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) that address various aspects affecting public health.
“I think we should tell ourselves that there is no point trying to be moral or saving some health issues that can lead to death and unemployment.
“Hunger and starvation is also bad for our health. What has W.H.O. said about that? Lack of light is bad for our health, what is the directive they have given us? Bad roads is and for our health, and it has killed people. NAFDAC and the rest of the government should know that it is not enough to be right. Timing is also very important. This is not the time to ban any economic activity.”