By Eze Amaeshi.
The Acting Director General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mrs. Obioma Okafor has charged bakers in the state on the need to refrain from production practices capable of impairing the health and lives of Imolites, lamenting that most bakeries in the state are still operating in unhygienic environments while several others add substances like bromate that have negatively impacted upon the health of the people in the state.
Mrs. Okafor made this remark on June 2 while addressing the executives of the Master Bakers Association, Imo State chapter, who paid her a courtesy visit in her office.
The CPC boss appreciated the group for being the first to visit her since her assumption of office, informing them that she liked doing things right and playing according to the rules.
She called for their support and prayers to enable CPC effectively protect both consumers and producers, stressing that CPC under her watch could not afford to let Imolites and the government down.
The Director General urged the visitors to encourage their members to adhere strictly to the required standards of bread production because the agency would not hesitate to do the needful whenever necessary.
Describing bread as a spiritual product, Mrs. Okafor urged the bakers to carry out their businesses in ways that do not endanger people’s lives.
Responding, the Chairman of Master Bakers Association, Imo State Chapter, Chief Osmond Nkeoma congratulated the Director General on her appointment and said that the Master Bakers Association was the umbrella body of all bread producers in Nigeria.
Calling for more friendly cooperation with CPC in the area of enforcement, Chief Nkeoma pledged the support of his group to play by the rules in doing their business.
A former south east zonal chairman of the group, Ichie Hilary Eze promised that they would inform their members to play by the rules and cooperate with the CPC to promote the health of Imolites according to their mandate.
In another development, the Director General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Imo State, Mrs. Obioma Okafor, on June 4, as part of her re-positioning strategy, organized a one-day workshop on capacity building for the entire staff of the agency. This was also in line with her commitment to rebrand the agency and change the narrative to a positive one to enable the agency fulfill its mandate.