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Performing Comptroller of the Federal Operations Unit, Space A of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Hussein Ejibunu, has stated the regulation supporting the service, coupled with the push to enhance native clothes manufacturing and stop the outbreak of ailments, is the explanation why the Federal Authorities prohibited the importation of used clothes into the nation.

Chatting with the Saturday Tribune, Ejibunu defined that along with used clothes, used fridges and used sneakers are additionally beneath the Federal Authorities’s outright ban checklist. He stated: “The firstly purpose Customs seizes used clothes is as a result of it’s prohibited beneath absolutely the prohibition checklist of Schedule 4 of the Customs Excise and Administration Legislation (CEMA).

That’s the regulation that prohibits the importation of used clothes.

“Second, due to the well being hazards related to importing used clothes, the Federal Authorities would not need it. Nigerians have no idea the well being standing of those that wore most of these garments earlier than they had been shipped right here.

“On this interval when harmful illnesses like monkeypox are prevalent, bringing in such imports can have harmful results on Nigerians.

“One of many very critical well being implications of this act of importing textiles is the publicity of customers to pores and skin ailments similar to scabies and fungal ailments that may be transmitted by carrying unwashed second-hand clothes.

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“This comes at a time when the world is cautious of monkeypox, whose mode of transmission contains clothes. In line with a reality sheet from the World Well being Group, monkeypox is transmitted to people by shut contact with an contaminated particular person or animal, or with materials contaminated with the virus. The monkeypox virus is unfold from individual to individual by shut contact with wounds, physique fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated supplies similar to bedding.

“It’s a viral zoonotic illness that happens primarily in rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is often exported to different areas.

“Thirdly, the Federal Authorities, in its eagerness to advertise the native manufacturing of materials and clothes, prohibited the importation of used clothes.

“The federal government desires the native textile trade to take pleasure in safety and create extra jobs for Nigerians from cotton farms to textile and garment factories.

“Now we have factories the place material is produced in Calabar in massive portions. If the federal government permits used clothes to proceed to enter the nation, it should kill these companies in Calabar and trigger additional job losses.”

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