The Divisional Officer for the Mamfe central sub-division, has banned the export of basic foodstuffs like banana, plantain and palm oil, to neighbouring Nigeria.
According to Ignatius Netonda Ekale, the move comes in a bid to reduce thE acute shortage of these commodities in the Mamfe markets. He equally mentioned the expensive prices that most buyers and customers complain of, as being one of the reasons for this ban.
His decision, all the same, though well received by most of the buyers, is decried by others , as they believe that if the move were to be reciprocated by Nigeria, then Mamfe will be in great lack of some other basic foodstuff.
According to a local newspaper, The Telegraph, a truck of plantain has been seized since the ban, and the contents auctioned at the lowest price. The D.O for Mamfe. likewise made it clear that the same fate awaits any of such commodities, that would be seized from the traders who were formerly feeding fat from the trade.