THE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has intercepted a container fully loaded with soup and stew and some other edible items worth N28million and allegedly imported from China.
The container, according to the Customs, was arrested by the the CGC Strike Force team as a result of information provided by the Intelligence Unit of the NCS.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos while displaying some of the items seized by the organisation between September 19 and October 18, 2018, Deputy Comptroller and National Coordinator, Comptroller General Strike Force, Mr. Abdullahi Kirawa said the system has degenerated to the level that Nigerians are now importing soup and stew into the country.
He bemoaned that the pots of stew and other edible items imported, which could not be identified as a result of language on their packs, could pose serious dangers to human health.
He added: “Nigerians are hard working people knowing for our marvelous delicacies. How can someone come and importing stew into the country? The stew carefully conceived inside the container. I will advise that Nigerians should ignore cenocentrism and and embrace ethnocentrism.
“Our quest for foreign goods and items must be discouraged and we must work hard to embrace and patronise home made goods including our delicious stew that are prepared from our homes and not engage in this type of business. This type of soup posed dangers to public health, to economy and of course the employment to our teeming youths. If stew would be imported, then what else are we going to do? So this is something we need to reflect on.”
He said some other packed items that look like mushroom were already deteriorating in the container, noting that this clear indication of the danger it would poses to human health when consumed.
Speaking on how to checkmate the menace of unhealthy importation of goods into the country, he said; “this call for all hands and all Nigerians that this type of importation of goods must be discouraged. One of the things to use to solve this problem is public sensitization on the dangers of smuggling. Therefore, you and I must work hard to ensure that we spread this news to all nooks and crannies of this country for people to be aware that these are some of the things that pose dangers to their health and must be stopped. Then it must be totally be condemned.”