The General Manager of the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, Mrs Kemi Olugbode, has said it would no longer be business as usual for producers of fake foods, wines and other consumables.
Olugbode, in an interview with our correspondent, said the safety and well-being of every resident of Lagos State was paramount to the agency.
“Consumers have the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose, the right to be heard, the right to satisfaction of basic needs, the right to redress, the right to consumer education and the right to a healthy environment. The Lagos State Consumer Agency was set up by the 2014 law of Lagos State to protect and promote the right of consumers.
“The agency will do its best to rid the state of fake and falsified medicines. The challenge is, however, that the country lacks enough functioning laboratories. What we are doing is to make use of an approved standard private laboratory to check falsified products that people consume,” he said.
The LASCOPA GM added that the agency had received over 700 complaints and it was able to resolve 600 via alternative dispute resolution.
“People who package products must meet up and comply with NAFDAC guidelines. Expiry dates should be written and legible for consumers to see. Retailers who engage in sharp practices should stop.
“The agency is aware of a particular location in Lagos where they tamper with expiry dates of the products they release into the market. We are working with security personnel to smoke them out of their hideouts. If they refuse to stop the act, the long arm of the law will catch up with them. If their immediate families do not consume these products, their extended families will consume them,” Olugbode said.