Pizza lovers in Nigeria are ordering pizza all the way from London flying it 4,000 miles using British Airways flights to deliver.
While addressing the Senate Committee on Agriculture in Abuja, Ogbeh described it as ‘annoying’ and expressed concern over the Nigeria’s dependence on imports.
“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,” Ogbeh said.
“Nigeria is a nation of importers. toothpick every year costs us $18 million; tomato paste costs us $400 million. While a basket of tomatoes is less than n2,000,” Ogbeh added.
Reasoning that processors do not have funds to set up factories to produce these items, Ogbeh said farmers are losing money because of this. “Two factories have started off. I am sure by the end of next year we can comfortably tell the importers of tomato paste to stop,” the minister said.
The claim has since become a talking point on social media with Twitter users comment some hilarious responses. One Twitter user wrote: ‘Dear @British_Airways, how come you didn’t tell us you run a pizza delivery service to Nigeria? Is there an app for this’? While another asked: ‘What’s the crime there? Doesn’t the same BA flight return to London with fresh vegetables from Anambra? If people like UK pizzas what’s wrong with that’?