By Eze Amaeshi
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Imo State has launched a massive consumer rights sensitization campaign in Orlu LGA, with a message to producers and sellers of hazardous goods and services to desist from such or face the full wrath of the law.
The awareness/sensitization campaign which took place in Orlu on Thursday, August 20, had the Director General, Mrs. Obioma Okafor leading her staff through major roads and streets in Orlu town, including the Orie Umuna market and Orlu International Market.
Receptive and jubilant residents of Orlu expressed their gratitude to God at having the CPC visit them with the message of consumer rights, as they have suffered for long as a result of the activities of unscrupulous dealers on fake, adulterated and expired goods without any one to help them seek redress.
Speaking to newsmen on the consumer rights campaign, the Director General of Consumer Protection Council(CPC), Imo State, Mrs. Obioma Okafor said that they had come to Orlu to inform the people that they have right to say no to adulterated products seek to adulterated products, to choose what to buy, to seek redress when they felt shortchanged and to let them know that those rights are protected by the law so that they will be aware of hazardous products that are not good for consumption”.
Mrs. Okafor also said that the CPC wanted the residence of Orlu to know that they needed to check for the expiration date anytime they were purchasing a product, NAFDAC number and the manufacturer’s address.
She added that they wanted the residents of Orlu to know that they could come to CPC to seek redress whenever they felt shortchanged so that CPC could assist them.
The Director General added that just like the activities of the present administration are premised on the 3R mantra of recovery, rehibition and reconstruction, the Imo CPC had come up with its own 3R Mantra of refund, repair and replace.
Mrs. Obioma Okafor expressed her delight that so far Imolites in general have been excited at the message of the CPC to them, saying that prior to the emergence of the Uzodimma administration, they had not been aware of the existence of the consumer rights watchdog-CPC.
She also expressed gratitude to Imolites who have been praying for them and giving them support and encouragement in their mandate of removing hazardous goods from the markets and streets of the state.
The DG observed that as many as have come to the CPC office to complain or seek redress have expressed their satisfaction with the agency.