By Eze Amaeshi
Imo State consumer protection council has once again reiterated it’s commitment to the protection of consumers through policies and strategies that would prevent consumers from being shortchanged either by manufacturers, retailers or service providers in the state.
The Director General CPC, Imo State, Mrs Obioma Okafor, disclosed this, while interacting with the staff and management of Save More Supermarket Orji Okigwe road Owerri, during a sensitization/ awareness campaign to the mall.
Mrs Okafor pointed out that the present administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma is poised towards ensuring a healthy state through the implementation of policies and programs to eliminate hazardous products and unscrupulous business practices.
Mrs Okafor informed the management of Save More Supermarket Orji that the whole essence of this sensitization tour by the Agency was to emphasize more on the mode of operation and the laws governing the relationship between the consumers and sellers, the consequences of going contrary to their obligations as producers and retailers in our country.
She expressed shock that past Director General of CPC in the state treated indiscriminately fake and adulterated products, sharp business practices by service providers with levity but however assured that the situation would not be allowed to continue as she had mapped out strategies to end such practices.
The DG warned that henceforth any supermarket which engaged in any form of sharp practices or cutting corners, selling fake, expired or adulterated products in Imo state would face the full wrath of the law, adding that the share prosperity administration of Sen.Hope Uzodinma would restore smiles on the faces of Imolites in line with its 3R agenda of Recovery, Reconstruction and Rehablitation.
The Director General further explained that the sensitization campaign aimed at educating retailers/distributors and service providers that CPC Imo State has been repositioned to ensure maximum protection of consumer’s rights and manufacturers’ obligations in a friendly business environment.
She added that CPC is a spiritual agency in the sense that, it regulates all the consumables.
According to Mrs Okafor, the right thing needs to be done to ensure that customers have value for their money.
In response, Mrs Chiamaka Nzeama commended the CPC Boss and her team for enlightening them on the importance of consumers welfare, safety and customers care. She assured of their willingness to collaborate with CPC to ensure adequate protection of consumers in the state.
The Administrative/Human Resources Manager, Mrs Chioma Kalu, in her contributions, explained that Save More supermarket Orji has a very high reputation and such cannot cut corners to jeopardize their hard earned reputation. They are ready to work in synergy with CPC in line with the regulations and laws to give the state a befitting image it deserves. Also present at the meeting was the Financial Manager, Mr Opiah.