What! Ghana bans sale of second-hand/used clothes and underwears!

Published On: November 27, 2010, 10:31 am
Author: WhoBdat
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What! Ghana bans sale of second-hand/used clothes and underwears!



Market traders in Ghana will be banned from selling second-hand underwear from next February, trade regulators say.

According to the Ghana Standards Board, used pants - and other second-hand goods like handkerchiefs and mattresses - are unhygienic and could pose a health hazard.

The importation of these items was banned in 1994 but never implemented.

Some traders in a market in the capital, Accra, told the BBC they were unhappy the move might affect business.

The BBC's David Amanor in the city says there is a lot of consumer demand for second-hand clothing, often imported from Europe, as it is cheaper than locally produced items.

It is the same in many African countries.
Stained goods

"Ghana is a third world country; we've been doing this all along, so why are they talking about a ban now?" Millicent, a trader in Kantamanto Market in central Accra, told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

"The authorities should think again because our livelihoods are at stake."

Cynthia, another market trader, defended the business.

"Second-hand underwear and other clothes we sell here at Kantamanto Market are better quality than new undies in the stores," she said.

She admitted that some of the imported underwear was stained but said customers rummage through the piles and inspect goods before buying.

"No matter how poor the person is, they will not chose stained ones and we throw them away," she said.

One trader insisted that all the goods she sold had been disinfected.

Our reporter says second-hand clothing is often referred to as "obroni wewu", which literally translates as "white man's deads".

Some customers also seemed dismayed by the news of the forthcoming ban, he says.

"I've been wearing 'obroni wewu' all my life from infancy - all the clothes you see on me today from up to down are 'obroni wewu' - and I never fell sick because of used clothes," says Doris, a shopper at Kantamanto Market.

The Ghana Standards Board has re-iterated that it is not all used clothes that are banned.

It says an education campaign is under way to ensure that dealers in second-hand comply with the law before the ban comes into effect.


-- walerian (m) at 27-11-2010 11:07AM
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i tink dat idea makes sense
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-- bafyguy (m) at 27-11-2010 12:01PM
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The reson given is ok
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-- marysmile (m) at 27-11-2010 12:07PM
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May God help the poor ones out!
Nigeria may not copy this because we have more poor people
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-- walerian (m) at 27-11-2010 12:09PM
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but if na corruption we go copy am lol
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-- ejisluv2 (f) at 27-11-2010 12:13PM
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Whichever! Ghana nt Naija. Wish them luck
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-- debuchi (m) at 27-11-2010 12:32PM
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Fine 4 them
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-- dirtykid (m) at 27-11-2010 01:46PM
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second hand clothes are been sold world wide not only in africa.

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-- lafaze (m) at 27-11-2010 02:06PM
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nice one.
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-- ladyb4u (f) at 27-11-2010 02:17PM
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make them no just try am for Nigeria here except they want the poor people to die
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-- odiono (m) at 27-11-2010 02:29PM
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EVEN IN THE WESTERN SOCIETIES, THESE ARE TENABLE!
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-- Teeteeylaryor (f) at 27-11-2010 04:12PM
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i think second hand/used underwears clothes should be banned too in naija...becos they are unhygienic and could pose a health hazard.

but they can leave blouse, trousers, t-shirt, skirt and any other outside cloth but no undies
concern for the poor, even those wey know poor they go for bend down select....okirika Grin Grin

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-- SQUIRL (m) at 27-11-2010 05:14PM
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Quote from: Teeteeylaryor on 27-11-2010 04:12PM
i think second hand/used underwears clothes should be banned too in naija...becos they are unhygienic and could pose a health hazard.

but they can leave blouse, trousers, t-shirt, skirt and any other outside cloth but no undies
concern for the poor, even those wey know poor they go for bend down select....okirika Grin Grin

i like your wise saying....
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-- SQUIRL (m) at 27-11-2010 05:16PM
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this very good,and thnx poster 4 such important news,africa is moving forward
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-- bertona12 (m) at 27-11-2010 06:36PM
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AFRICANS SHOULD 4 ONCE BE RESONABLE.IN GERMANY WERE I LIVE,THERE ARE SECOND SHOPS ALL OVER THE PLACE.THEY ALSO HAVE WHAT IS CALLED FLOHMARKT WHERE YOU CAN BUY ALL SORTS OF SECOND HANDED GOOD.BE  WISE AERICAN!
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-- moralemike07 (m) at 27-11-2010 06:40PM
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THE WAY WEY KOROKORO DEY NOW SUPPOSE MAKE DEM BAN ANY WEY GO GIVE THEM MORE OF KOROKORO.
 
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-- bertona12 (m) at 27-11-2010 06:40PM
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Quote from: SQUIRL on 27-11-2010 05:16PM
this very good,and thnx poster 4 such important news,africa is moving forward
This news is not  important as you think.Second hand shops are everywhere in the world
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-- onyimau20 (f) at 27-11-2010 06:42PM
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I am not against banning of under wears, pants, bras etc, it acceptable to avoid infection. But let them leave cloths, like shirts, trousers, skirts etc, at least 4 the poor pples sake. Banning is not even the solution, rather is to plan how to eleviate poverty in the country, because that is what led to buying second-hand/used clothes .
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-- princedafe (m) at 28-11-2010 01:31AM
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Whocares

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