By Franklin Alli
The Consumer Protection Council, (CPC) , weekend, clamped down on traders at Oregun area of Lagos state for selling fake gas filters and other mechanical products.
Selling fake products in the market, CPC said contravenes consumers’ rights to value for money.
The Head of Lagos Operational Office, CPC, Mr. Joshua Nggada, who led the enforcement that lasted up to an hour, said CPC has the mandate to protect the interest of the consumers and promoting their welfare.
He said that the Council is determined to make sure that all products that are hazardous and substandard are removed from the markets.
According to him, this is done through routine surveillance and consumer tips from the public.
He informed that the council had received consumer tips that fake fleet gas products and filters are being sold in certain locations in Lagos, especially in Oregun, Ikeja
“We went into surveillance and discovered that several outlets are selling these components that have identified some of the shops with what they are selling. After the due diligence and we have identified the source, we have to now remove them from the market”, he said.
Similarly, the council’s Head of Surveillance and Enforcement, Lagos Operational office, Mr. Camillus Anyawu who led the enforcement exercise told newsmen after the exercise said the enforcement was to protect consumers’ interest and right.
According to him, many consumers are ignorant of what they are buying but when they are sensitized, they know better.
“Education has to come from two angles because the person selling has to inform the consumer what the product is all about. The consumers have opportunities to 3 Rs, repair, return or refund but unfortunately, many consumers are not aware while traders too don’t give room for such”, he stated.