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

Date: 27-11-2010 10:31 am (10 years ago) | 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.

Posted: at 27-11-2010 10:31 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
- walerian at 27-11-2010 11:07 AM (10 years ago)
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i tink dat idea makes sense
Posted: at 27-11-2010 11:07 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bafyguy at 27-11-2010 12:01 PM (10 years ago)
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The reson given is ok
Posted: at 27-11-2010 12:01 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- marysmile at 27-11-2010 12:07 PM (10 years ago)
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May God help the poor ones out!
Nigeria may not copy this because we have more poor people
Posted: at 27-11-2010 12:07 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- walerian at 27-11-2010 12:09 PM (10 years ago)
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but if na corruption we go copy am lol
Posted: at 27-11-2010 12:09 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ejisluv2 at 27-11-2010 12:13 PM (10 years ago)
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Whichever! Ghana nt Naija. Wish them luck
Posted: at 27-11-2010 12:13 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- debuchi at 27-11-2010 12:32 PM (10 years ago)
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Fine 4 them
Posted: at 27-11-2010 12:32 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dirtykid at 27-11-2010 01:46 PM (10 years ago)
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second hand clothes are been sold world wide not only in africa.

Posted: at 27-11-2010 01:46 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- lafaze at 27-11-2010 02:06 PM (10 years ago)
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nice one.
Posted: at 27-11-2010 02:06 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- ladyb4u at 27-11-2010 02:17 PM (10 years ago)
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make them no just try am for Nigeria here except they want the poor people to die
Posted: at 27-11-2010 02:17 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- odiono at 27-11-2010 02:29 PM (10 years ago)
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EVEN IN THE WESTERN SOCIETIES, THESE ARE TENABLE!
Posted: at 27-11-2010 02:29 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- luiserrano at 27-11-2010 03:52 PM (10 years ago)
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Posted: at 27-11-2010 03:52 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Teeteeylaryor at 27-11-2010 04:12 PM (10 years ago)
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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

Posted: at 27-11-2010 04:12 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- SQUIRL at 27-11-2010 05:14 PM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: Teeteeylaryor on 27-11-2010 04:12 PM
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....
Posted: at 27-11-2010 05:14 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- SQUIRL at 27-11-2010 05:16 PM (10 years ago)
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this very good,and thnx poster 4 such important news,africa is moving forward
Posted: at 27-11-2010 05:16 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- bertona12 at 27-11-2010 06:36 PM (10 years ago)
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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!
Posted: at 27-11-2010 06:36 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- moralemike07 at 27-11-2010 06:40 PM (10 years ago)
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THE WAY WEY KOROKORO DEY NOW SUPPOSE MAKE DEM BAN ANY WEY GO GIVE THEM MORE OF KOROKORO.
 
Posted: at 27-11-2010 06:40 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bertona12 at 27-11-2010 06:40 PM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: SQUIRL on 27-11-2010 05:16 PM
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
Posted: at 27-11-2010 06:40 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- onyimau20 at 27-11-2010 06:42 PM (10 years ago)
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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 .
Posted: at 27-11-2010 06:42 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- princedafe at 28-11-2010 01:31 AM (10 years ago)
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Whocares

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Posted: at 28-11-2010 01:31 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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