NIGARIA, Nigeria — You might want to skip that extra $40 in the shoe store if you’re in Nigeria.
The Nigerian government is pushing back the deadline for its citizens to purchase cheap, comfortable shoes, but that’s not going to make it any easier for people who want to travel the country.
Nigeria is the world’s biggest consumer of shoes, with an average of 1.2 million pairs sold a day.
But the government is putting its own stamp on its citizens’ footwear supply chain by restricting the import of cheaper shoes, citing the country’s high rate of foot injuries, the health risks of wearing them and the risk of getting infections from the shoes.
Many people in the country have been buying shoes online and from China because they can get them cheaper and at a better price.
In a bid to cut down on the supply chain, the government has introduced strict controls on imported shoes.
They are required to be manufactured in the government-run NABP factory in Gogjali, the capital of the north-eastern state of Kaduna, according to a statement from the Nigerian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
According to the statement, the new regulations prohibit imports of shoes that are more than 3 years old.
People can buy shoes up to 15 years old, but they must still be in good condition and meet the government’s quality standards, according the statement.
This is because of the government guidelines on how to care for shoes.