Customs Lament As Chinese Soup Worth N27m Is Imported Into Nigeria

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has expressed disappointment after Chinese stew and other delicacies valued at N27.96 million loaded in a container were intercepted at the Lagos port.

The items were said to be part of items seized between September 19 and October 18 at the port.

Mr. Abdullahi Kirawa ,the Deputy Comptroller and National Coordinator, Comptroller General Strike Force, which intercepted the stew and other edibles, lamented that Nigerians had descended to importing Chinese stew despite the many delicacies available in the country.

He said that the stew and edibles, many of which could not be identified as they were marked in Chinese language, could pose serious danger to the health of Nigerians.

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Kirawa, who addressed the media, said, “Nigerians are hard-working people known for our marvelous delicacies. How can someone import stew into the country? The stew was carefully conceived inside the container. I will advise that Nigerians should ignore egocentrism 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 of 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.”


John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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