Federal Government Bans Import of Tokunbo (secondhand) Computers in Nigeria


Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week banned the import of secondhand computers and other used electronic items otherwise known as Tokunbo.

Briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting in Abuja, Minister of Information, John Odey, said the ban would however be implemented through a restrictive tariff regime to discourage the importation of such items.

The minister said the ban on unserviceable electronic items was informed by the need to check the environmental hazards being constituted by such items.

He explained that the banned items were usually imported into the country, disassembled and sold in parts to service similar products, contained toxic parts which are dumped indiscriminately. Odey also announced that a National Council on Vision 2020 and a Steering committee for its implementation would be inaugurated on February 28.

He said the council which would be headed by President Umaru Musa Yar'adua , would have as members, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney General of the Federation and one governor each from the six geo-political zones of the country. The Minister of National Planning, will serve as the council's secretary. Odey said the council will meet bi-annually to deliberate the report of the steering committee.

Daily Trust