By Eze Amaechi
As the Christmas is fast approaching, the Director-General of Consumer Protection Council (CPC), IMO state, Mrs Obioma Okafor has warned all dealers in consumer products to refrain from selling any form of fake or adulterated products in the state.
The Director-General issued this warning on Thursday, November 16, during a phone-in program Radio Heartland FM titled “Issues of the Moment” which was anchored by Mr Anthony Ozor.
The program availed the listeners the opportunity to interact one- on- one with the Director-General and get more informed about the activities of the CPC in the state.
She stressed the commitment of Governor Hope Uzodinma and the CPC under her watch to strengthen surveillance and enforcement operations to fish out dealers in counterfeit products from their hiding places, promising to sustain the war against business sharp practices in the state, especially during the Yuletide.
Answering questions from callers, Okafor informed that on assuming office in April, her first move was to stamp out corruption within the agency and then placed the state at the forefront of global efforts to eliminate counterfeit products, noting that IMO CPC has been rebuilt from a moribund government agency to one that meets international standards in results delivery.
The CPC boss also informed that her agency had concluded plans to collaborate with the Ministry of Education to sensitize school pupils under the program, “Catch them Young’ which is aimed at increasing their consciousness on fake and adulterated products and the need to report to CPC any abuse or mistreatment.
Okafor also informed that since assumption of office, she had resolved 45 cases where customers who felt shortchanged by sellers were adequately compensated under the CPC 3R mantra of Refund, Repair and Replace and routine inspection on shops and markets are ongoing.