By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Federal Government on Wednesday raised the alarm of substandard products now flooding the country.
Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, (FCCPC), Mr Babatunde Irukera raised the alarm in Ibadan at a sensitization programme held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
Speaking at the sensitization programme with the theme Competitiveness and A Culture of Quality’, Mr Irukera declared that the sensitisation programme was aimed at educating Nigerians on their rights as consumers of goods and services.
He stressed that the most important thing tFCCPC has been able to accomplish with the sensitisation programme, “is to educate consumers about their rights with respect to quality,” adding that there is the need for Nigerians to inculcate the quality of culture, he lamented that 60 percent of Nigerians insist that they wanted products anyway rather than the quality.
“Essentially, it seems in our market today, quality is an option and substandard products as well as services the second option. You can get into a market where somebody ask if you want original or Taiwan, or something else. That is not really the law. Consumers must have quality”, he said
Mr Irukera added, “so, presenting you with quality or otherwise is not even an option. This is all FCCPC supposed to do and some of the most important people for that are students as well as educators So that we can begin from inculcating and re-cultivating the culture of quality across board,”
The FCCPC Executive Officer maintained that the most important thing for the enforcement of rights was that the people demand for their rights, adding it was important they get people to a point where they reject what is not appropriate quality, saying, “this is because we know that the greatest modifier of human being is consequence and the greatest consequence for a lack of quality is that people reject it.We believe that taking this messages to the grassroots or the right audiences is a very important aspect of nation building.”
The Coordinator, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Oyo State Office, Mr Pius Manji, stated that there was 70 percent compliance by local manufacturers to required standard, adding, “I can say we have 70 percent compliance, specifically by local manufacturers because most of them are MANCAP certified.”
“We have a programme called Mandatory Confirmatory Assessment Programme (MANCAP). It is a process through which a company introducing any product passes through to get certified,” he said.
Mr Manji stressed that the ongoing diversification and standardisation in the national economic policy by the present administration would ensure economic growth, especially in the non-oil sector and that it would also in turn promotes the culture of quality among manufacturers and service providers.