FCCPC sensitises Bauchi community leaders to ensure consumer rights

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has called for closer collaboration with community leaders to enhance awareness creation on consumer rights in Bauchi State.

The Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Dr Adamu Abdullahi stated this during a sensitisation exercise organised for stakeholders, community and religious leaders, on Wednesday  in Bauchi.

According to him, the FCCPC, as a federal government agency is established under the FCCPC Act 2018, to promote and protect consumers’ interest in the growing competitive market.

“There is need for the agency to partner and sensitise the community leaders which include traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders on its mandate.

“We have the belief and confidence community leaders are close to the people that is why we feel it is imperative to embark on this sensitisation to acquaint you with our activities.

“The collaboration would help the commission carry out its functions effectively because is expected of you to step down the sensitisation to the people,” he said.

Abdullahi reitetrated commitment of the commission to ensure fair and competitive marketplace for all Nigerians.

The commission, he said encouraged consumers to report suspected price gouging and other unfair trade practices, adding that it would work with stakeholders to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to entry in various sectors, combat price fixing and dismantle cartels.

“We will engage in advocacy and public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about price gouging and other unfair trade practices and provide guidance on identifying and reporting such practices”.

The Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Adamu, who was represented by Aliyu Lame, the District Head of Lame, said the traditional institutions would support the commission to achieve its mandate.

Also speaking, Mr Abraham Damina, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, pledged support to the commission.

Similarly, Uztaz Tijjani, the Secretary of the Bauchi State Sharia Commission, promised to sensitise their people to the activities of the commission.

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