- Senator Ifeanyi Ubah has warned the growing illegal exportation of facial masks to Asian countries from Nigeria
- The senator said Nigeria has illegally exported over 100 million facial masks to some of the Asian countries
- According to the senator, Nigeria might face its own shortage of face masks if nothing is done quickly
The lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district at the ninth Senate, Ifeanyi Ubah, has said the illegal exportation of facial masks to China from Nigeria is currently booming.
The Cable reports that Ubah said over 100 million face masks have been illegally exported to China since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease.
Speaking on Thursday, February 6, while moving a motion entitled “Urgent need to checkmate unpatriotic profiteering and illegal exportation of face masks to Asia”, the senator said the exportation of these masks have led to the hike in the price of the item.
Also stating that the item has become the most sort after commodity in Nigeria, Ubas said store that usually sells one piece of face mask for N10 now sell it at N80.
He also said that a pack consisting of 50 pieces has now been inflated from N500 to N3,000 – a carton consisting of 40 packs is now N120,000 from N20,000.
“Over the last three weeks, face masks have become the most sought after commodity in Nigeria with over 100 million face masks being exported to Asia using Murtala Muhammed Airport and Port Harcourt International Airport,” Ubah said.
According to the senator, major retailers and suppliers of face masks in Asia have been preserving the commodity and reporting surgical mask shortages as a result of the outbreak and while Nigeria has continued to export the item.
“It has now become a booming trade for illicit traders aided by airport officials in Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos and Port Harcourt International airports to export face masks to China, India and other affected countries," Ubah added.
He said Nigeria might face its own shortage of face masks if nothing is done quickly.
Ubah also urged that the minister of health, Ehanire Osaige, be summoned to brief the senate on measures taken to prevent an outbreak of the virus.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a baby born in the city of Wuhan, China has tested positive coronavirus, just 30-hours after delivery.
Experts in China said that there are possibilities that the child either contracted the virus from the mother who is already positive, from the environment where the baby was delivered or from breastmilk.
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