SON DG, Joseph Odumodu
The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mrs. Modupe Catherine Atoki, has said the flooding of Nigeria's market with substandard products is killing the growth of local industries.
Atoki called for serious efforts by relevant government agencies to checkmate economic saboteurs and some importers from turning the nation into a dumping ground for adulterated and low quality products.
The chief executive, who stated this during a working visit to the zonal office of CPC in Osogbo remarked: “We have a system that give leeway for substandard products and goods to flood the market and this development is inhibiting the growth of the local industries, producing similar products in Nigeria.”
While contending that if CPC was properly positioned, it would ensure that only genuine products were imported into the country, she said the CPC was committed to the protection of consumers rights' and seeking redress when their rights were trampled upon.
Atoki, who urged Nigerians to shun substandard products and goods in the market, hinted that "Nigeria has the potential of becoming an industrialised economy, but we cannot if indigenous manufactures are competing with cheap, but substandard products"
The CPC boss revealed the readiness of the organisation to collaborate with the authorities of the Nigeria Customs in getting the list of prohibited products and goods so as to comb the markets to rid the nation off fake products.
She noted: "Through our regular raid of markets, we can deal with the producers of bad local products by partnering NAFDAC, which is a regulatory body", Atoki remarked, adding that CPC would step up its advocacy targeted at educating consumers on their rights.