Onitsha traders jubilate over lifting of ban on importation
From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha
Friday, December 03, 2010
There was wild jubilation yesterday in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State, as traders took to major streets and roads in the city with placards commending President Goodluck Jonathan for lifting ban on importation.
Daily Sun gathered that some of the major traders who went on jubilant parades were mainly those who deal on fabrics and importers of consumables while car dealers were still silent on the recent development. Some of the traders said the recent lifting of ban on importation of goods into the country by the present administration was a sign of good development, adding that they would now be allowed to transact their business without hitch.
According to Mr. Sunny Igboeze, who said he was one of the victims of the ban on imported goods by previous government, the recent development would boost his business. He said the ban had caused them great losses.
?When they said some of the major goods we imported had been banned, I was one of the persons who lost so many containers to the ban because we were importing goods from countries like Dubai , China and even Germany before they said that. But today, we the traders in Ontsha are grateful to President Jonathan for lifting the ban.
?I can tell you that with this, the prices of goods will fall abysmally and every one will be happy for it and even the government will benefit because no body will be dodging paying his tax of any other revenue,? he said.
Others who spoke to Daily Sun included Mr. Ibeabuchi Okeke who said he was importing clothes, popularly known as Okirika and recounted his ordeal any time his container arrived the shores of this country, stressing that the Nigeria Customs Service manipulated the opportunity to extort money from the traders.
He said ?it has been a hell doing business in this country especially dealing on banned goods but one must have to survive. The Nigeria Customs Service used the opportunity to extort money from traders who tried importing those materials through illegal means. But today, one can easily import the genuine materials into the country with the customs doing their routine work, period?
Federal government had on Monday said it had lifted ban on some imported goods into the country which included toothpicks, cars, and other materials, which were regarded as contraband goods by successive governments.