By Cynthia Alo
Consumers Protection Council, CPC, has express desire to focus on Lagos market to avoid re-occurrence of re-bagging expired products which is currently on the rise in the country.
Director General of CPC, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the maiden Edition of Progressive Minds Forum, PMF, in Lagos.
He said: “what we saw in the market of Uyo during our sting operation in regard to rice is very alarming and absolutely discouraging and I am certain that if that is happening in Uyo then there will be some kind of such in Lagos too where inappropriate, abused and not fit for consumption products could be sold.”
According to him, the council cannot succeed nationwide without succeeding in Lagos state, hence the need for the focus on the nation’s center for commerce.
Irukera stated that the Council will continue to persecute any person or group found breaching the regulatory framework adding, “Though we have business organizations that modify their behaviour by operating according to the regulatory framework of the Council but their are organizations that are otherwise irresponsible and not conforming to the regulation. The Council is focusing on those organizations and will continue to hold them accountable.”
The CPC boss noted that even the youths have a role to play in ensuring quality services in the country saying ,”Young people need to recognize and must continue to seek quality, be it in their education, products or services they buy, and in what they want to become themselves. They should recognize that quality is an obligation that those charged with this act hold them.”
He called on consumers to speak out and report to the Council or Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON, when they don’t receive the appropriate service after insisting on their rights.