The Catholic Women Organisation, St. Anthony Parish, Nguru, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, recently had a protest against the sale local gin, called Ogogoro or kaikai. The complained about the adverse effect it is having on their husbands and sons.
The leader of the women told Sunnewsonline that: ‘In Nguru community, kaikai has snatched our men and youths from us. Early in the morning every day, the young boys, instead of looking for what to do, will sit comfortably and drink themselves to stupor at kaikai joints, which are scattered everywhere in this community. After drinking, the person will become useless throughout the day. Those who are married among them cannot even feed themselves, not to talk of their wives and children. Our women have suddenly become the breadwinners simply because of kaikai. Our suffering is overweighing us; the burden of solely catering for our families’ needs is becoming too much on us. That is why we are crying to high heavens against this scourge.’’
According to the Sunnewsonline, the women also complained that the consumption of the local gin also affects the men’s ability to have impregnate their wives “After drinking kaikai, they would come home and lie down like logs of wood. They would snore till the next day. They can no longer have sex with their wives because their organs are almost dead. How do we procreate under that situation? That is why we are crying out to the world”.
The Nsukka Police Area Commander, the Nsukka Divisional Police Officer (DPO), has now supported the women in imposing a ban on the sale of the local gin and anyone caught selling or buying it will be fine N20,000.
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