Reps investigate EU ban on Nigerian beans

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja.

The House of Representatives is to investigate the extension of a ban on the export of Nigeria’s dried beans into European countries.

This followed a motion under matter of urgent public importance, on the floor of the House on Wednesday, which was unanimously adopted, calling for an investigation into the matter.

Sponsor of the motion, Ferdinand Nwankwo, noted that the alleged reason for the extension was that Nigeria did not do enough to lift the ban during the period of suspension.

“Several relevant agencies of Government including Standards Organisation of Nigeria, NAFDAC and Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment claimed to be collaborating with each other to resolve the issue before close of the deadline.”

The lawmaker expressed worried about the effect of the extended ban on Nigerian economy, especially as the government focused on diversifying the economy through export of agricultural products.

In June 2015, the European Union banned the export of dried beans from Nigeria on the grounds that the produce contained high levels of pesticide considered hazardous to human health.

The ban was to last till June 30, 2016 to allow Nigerian authorities time to provide an export control plan and assurance that the beans exported complied with EU Minimal Risk Level for Hazardous Substances but few a days to the expiration of the ban, the EU extended it for three years.