People in Nigeria are ordering pizzas from London and transporting them via British Airways, the country’s Minister of Agriculture has announced.
Addressing the country’s Senate Committee on Agriculture in Abuja on Tuesday, Audu Ogbeh, 71, said: “Do you know, sir, that there are Nigerians who use their cellphones to import pizza from London?
“They buy in London, they bring it on British Airways in the morning to pick up at the airport.
“It is a very annoying situation and we have to move a lot faster in cutting down some of these things,” he added.
The Nigerian government continues to seek ways to curb the importation of goods which is exceeding exportation and damaging the country’s economy.
The minister expressed concern over the impact of higher import rates on local markets and the value of the Nigerian currency.
“Toothpicks every year cost us $18 million; tomato paste costs us $400 million. Meanwhile, a basket of tomatoes is less than N2,000 [£4.26].”
Social media users have taken to Twitter to react to the claims, with one user writing: “Dear @British_Airways, how come you didn’t tell us you run a pizza delivery service to Nigeria? Is there an app for this?”