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Lagos Assembly Wages War Against Hazardous Products

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…..Moves To Review Consumer Protection Agency Law

Lagos State House of Assembly has begun moves to review the State’s Consumer Protection Agency Law so as to eliminate substandard and hazardous products in the market.

WesternPost reports that a bill had scaled second reading and committed to the House Committee on Commerce and Industry which is to report back in two weeks.

While presenting the ‘bill for a law to establish the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency For The Protection Of The Interests Of Consumers, Settlement Of Consumer Disputes and For Connected Purposes’ during plenary on Tuesday, the Chairman House Committee On Commerce and Industry, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, said the law should not only be reviewed but repealed and re-enacted.

“Today in Nigeria, especially in Lagos, there are hazardous products prevalent and so many people are falling victims of these sub-standard products. The implementation of the existing law needs to be seriously addressed,” Yusuff said.

Citing an example, the Chairman said: “What we call soft drinks today, if they are subjected to laboratory test, 95 percent of the contents are sugar. The implication is that we consume so much sugar which leads to diabetes and is going on because nobody takes them to court.”

In his contributions, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) described the bill as people’s bill whose intention was to protect the interest of teeming Lagosians that have had horrible customer experience from service providers like the Telecommunications.

“We have agency and body that arrest culprit but victims are left out. This amendment has created more robust fine and penalties against offenders,” he added.

In his submission, Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 2) noted that if the bill is passed into law, it would help the economy of the state and also create employment in the technological industry.

Saheed further noted that the bill would also create employment opportunities for people in the commerce and technology sector.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) said the extant law has been used overtime, saying that there was need to repeal and re-enact it to block some loopholes exploited by operators of the law.

According to him, the bill would give value for products bought or services paid for by consumers.

“It is a balanced procedure for both consumers and producers of products. The bill if passed into law will empower the agency more in achieving its stated mandate,” he stated.

Also, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, said that the bill would give room for social media engagement between the agency and the general public to enhance quick response to their complaints.

“This is what is obtainable at the federal consumer protection agency. We can replicate same in Lagos and this will make the public to have confidence in the state agency,” he said

The Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, after deliberation by the lawmakers, committed the bill to the Committee on Commerce and Industry with the mandate to report back in two weeks.

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