By Eze Amaeshi
In conjunction with the South East Zonal Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC), the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Imo State Chapter has organized a workshop on identification of counterfeit products with the aim of ensuring that Imo State Staff are well acquainted with all the unscrupulous activities of some dealers on consumer products, so as to be more effective in protecting the people.
The training exercise which took place at the head office of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in Owerri, on Wednesday, July 15, had a counterfeit detection expert from Guiness Nigeria Limited educate the Imo State Staff on counterfeit issues in drinks and experts from FCCPC also lectured on counterfeit products.
The head of FCCPC, South East zone, Mr. Chukwuma Uchegbu stated that all that they were after was that things were done right.
He urged the CPC staff not to base identification on one thing only, but maintained that any product without a NAFDAC number would likely be counterfeit.
Speaking to our reporter after the training exercise, the Acting Director General of the Consumer Protection Council, Imo State Chapter, Mrs. Okafor, observed that the workshop was part of the re-positioning exercise to enable CPC serve Imolites better.
She expressed her delight that people are becoming more conscious of their rights as consumers and urged them to make use of available CPC platforms to register their complaints and experiences with providers of goods and services.
Mrs. Okafor also advised Imolites to be vigilant always, as fake products abound everywhere.
She urged them to ensure that the products they purchase have NAFDAC number and to also request for receipts which she described as their “strength to seek redress”, if need be.