CPC holds sensitization exercise in Owerri


In line with the on going efforts to ensure adequate consumer protection against unscrupulous activities of manufacturers and distributors of goods and services, the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC), Imo State Chapter on Friday, July 24, carried out a massive sensitization and awareness campaign on consumer rights in Owerri, the state capital.
The sensitization exercise which involved all the staff of Imo CPC and a long train of vehicles and loud speakers proclaiming to the people their right as consumers and how CPC could help them seek redress, if their rights as consumers were violated, was led by the Director General, Mrs. Obioma Okafor.
The sensitization train took them through Douglas road, Mbaise road, Egbu road, Relief market, Bank road, Tetlow road and so on.
At Ekeukwu market and others, the Director General, Mrs. Okafor urged the people to report all fake and expired products to the CPC corporate office with a promise to take action against those behind such goods.
Several people who heard the CPC message of consumer rights expressed their delight at the move, lamenting that people in the state had been subjected to the health hazards emanating from fake and adulterated products.
Addressing newsmen, the CPC Director General, Mrs. Obioma Okafor noted that on assumption of office, she had observed that Imolites had been so short changed and in line with the 3R policy thrust of the present administration, she had embarked on programmes aimed at re-positioning the agency for mandate delivery.
According to her, the essence of the massive sensitization exercise was to inform consumers of their right, educate them and urge them to seek redress through CPC whenever their right as consumers are violated.
She also informed that the Imo CPC was cooperating with sister agencies like SON, NAFDAC, NERC, etc. and possessed prosecutorial powers which could be exercised whenever necessary.
Also speaking, Chief Charls Ejiogu, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Palm Beaches, Abattoirs, Agricultural production, Price Monitoring and Policy, commended the Imo CPC for their efforts at sanitizing the consumption Sector of the State.
Noting that he was there on Inter-agency Cooperation, Chief Ejiogu lamented at the poor state of abattoirs where butchers often slaughter dead animals and sell to the unsuspecting consumers.
He described the effort by the CPC as praise worthy to enlighten people to be wary on what they consume, adding that CPC was sensitizing the people on their basic right as consumers as many people are ignorant of this.
Ejiogu joyfully observed that the awareness would enhance people’s knowledge of what they ought to know.


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