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Dealers Lament Illegal Importation of Footwear

Dealers in footwear in Lagos State have called on Nigeria Customs and Immigration Service to nip in the bud activities of some illegal immigrants who allegedly import contraband goods, particularity footwear, into the country.

The Federal Government had, in 2007, placed a ban on the importation of footwear into the country, with a view to encouraging local manufacturers.

But dealers in footwear at the Trade Fair complex, along Lagos/Badagry expressway, alleged that some Chinese were still importing contraband goods into the country despite the ban, an action they described as outright flouting of the country’s law on importation.

These items, according to the traders, flood the market, thereby preventing them from marketing their locally manufactured footwear.

When Vanguard visited Trade Fair market yesterday, most of the traders lamented poor sales owing to what they described as infiltration of shoes and sandals from China.

One of the traders, Obasuyi Ehiagwina, said: “Apart from importing items termed contraband into the country, they connive with some banks and individuals to open accounts that will facilitate the importation of these items.

“They know what the law says concerning visitors to the country and owning a bank account, but they have deliberately decided to violate the law, as they connive with some unscrupulous Nigerians to violate the law.

Another dealer in footwear, Adeniyi Adekoya, also said: “These actions by the foreigners are painful as they destroy local market and don’t add anything to the economy of the country.

“What they do is make these money here and move it to their country, they do not add to the economy of Nigeria, neither do they improve the situation by assisting us to fight unemployment through establishment of industries.”

However, sources at the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Ikoyi, told Vanguard that they would beam their searchlight on Trade Fair complex soon,with a view to apprehending illegal immigrants and deporting them subsequently.

 

Source: Vanguard Nigeria

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