THE National Assembly has been urged to speedily upgrade and pass into law the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Act.
The review, according to the South-South Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Chinonye Ikegwuruka, would empower the agency to sanction defaulters and reduce the scourge of substandard and fake products in the Nigerian market.
Ikegwuruka, while expressing worry over the level of injuries substandard products has caused Nigerians, expressed regret that the current CPC Act is crippling its effort to reverse the trend.
Speaking at an event to guide customers on basic banking transaction in Port Harcourt, Rivers State at the weekend, he explained that the Act is not stringent enough to make perpetrators desist from the illicit acts.
His words: “It is worrisome that despite our sensitisation, most people still do not comply with the CPC rules and regulations, rather they have continued to make our work difficult.
“For instance, some Nigerians go to China and ask the manufacturers to reduce the standard of products to enable them make more profit; this shows that most Nigerians are greedy, they indulge in an act they know can kill people because they do not have love for their country.
“So, in situations like this, we need stringent laws that can force people to obey the laid down standards. But it is unfortunate that our current Act is so simple, it is not rigid enough to make perpetrators stop their illicit acts”.
According to him, the Act is currently in the legislative list for an upgrade, expressing hope that the review would empower the agency to arrest and prosecute defaulters without delay.
He said: “We want a situation whereby mobile courts will be available, so that defaulters when arrested, would be tried without delay because delay is dangerous and might give room for compromise”.
The agency’s zonal boss pointed out that the zone had in the past few months handled 200 cases ranging from fake products to wrong and substandard products.
While warning manufacturers and dealers to stick to quality products, he said the most important thing in business is quality and not quantity, adding that quality products have better chances to attract customers and improve businesses.