The Senator representing Osun East, Mr. Francis Fadahunsi says a ban on the importation of fairly used clothes will help to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Mr Fadaunsi is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs Excise and Tariffs.
Nigeria is one of the countries which have reported at least a case of the Covid-19 disease since the disease was detected in Wuhan China in December.
As at time of this report, Nigeria now has two confirmed cases of the disease.
The first was reported in February 28 in an Italian businessman who had flown into the country on business.
While the second case was reported on March 8, in one of the people who had contacts with the Italian.
Fadahunsi, a retired Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), made the suggestion in Osogbo, Osun State capital while addressing newsmen, noting that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health and other health agencies needed to move fast to prevent an epidemic of the coronavirus by ensuring that used clothing materials from China and other parts of Europe were totally banned.
He added that there are many containers with clothing materials from China at the Onne Port in Rivers State waiting to be cleared.
“In spite of the ban on fairly used goods in the Customs books, ‘Okrika’ is still massively imported into the country by desperate businessmen and women,” The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs noted.