Nigerians on Monday expressed outrage after it emerged that Indian -packaged garri was being sold in the country.
The garri is packed in a 500 g bag , which has the picture of a lady and an inscription , ‘ TRS ’ ( Asia ’ s Finest Foods ) on it, with a price tag of N450 .
The Executive Director, Natural Nutrient Limited , Sola Adeniyi, expressed dismay at the development in a post entitled, “ Attention : Indian garri being sold in Nigerian supermarkets , ” which he shared on WhatsApp.
According to Adeniyi, who is an agribusiness development value chain expert, the sale of the Indian -packaged garri in Nigeria is an absurdity of monumental proportion and a shame .
He said , “ Our government and regulatory agencies (if they still exist ) should cover their faces in shame . I would like to ask : how much were you paid in bribe? Is this how far we are mentally bankrupt? We are indeed in a big mess in this nation . Can you imagine imported garri from India now selling in shops in Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control approved this ?
“ So , we finally have consigned our dear country to a dumping ground for all forms of Asian mindless madness . Nigeria is the world ’ s largest producer of cassava for crying out loud , but here we are shamelessly displaying Indian- made garri and not corn flakes on our shelves .
Nigerians also took to the social media space to condemn the act , one of them writing on Nairaland with the user name , smartiyke 78 , said , “ I am ashamed of this country called Nigeria .
“The other day , it was imported packaged jollof rice from India or China . As if that embarrassment was not enough , now this is garri . What a shame to all who call themselves leaders and decision makers . Could this be the result of the incessant unprofitable travels the President was making?
“ I just hope Nigeria has not been sold out in the name of some clueless economic partnership . ”
Another user , Dauda Abu , wrote , “ Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava . How on earth should we be importing garri into our market ? We are not encouraging our industry to grow at all. ”
Following the outrage, NAFDAC raided the shop located along Cameron Road, Ikoyi, Lagos .
According to the Acting Director -General of NAFDAC , Mrs. Yetunde Oni , the agency ’ s officers visited the supermarket on Monday and seized 26 packs of the product for analysis .
“ The product has no NAFDAC number . It is said to be from Ghana but packaged in the United Kingdom . The management of the supermarket has been invited for further discussion in our Lagos office and investigation continues , ” she said in a text message in response to an enquiry by our correspondent .