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Buhari signs consumer protection bill into law

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill into law.

The Presidential Liaison Officer, Senator Ita Enang, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said: “The bill is meant to promote economic efficiency, maintain competitiveness in the Nigerian market and protect the welfare of consumers,”

Reacting, the Director General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Babatunde Irukera, in a statement on Wednesday said said the signing of the bill into law has promulgated the most prolific legislation for promoting consumer confidence, choice and fair pricing.

“By the same token, the law deepens the framework for encouraging and supporting small and medium scale businesses by ensuring a playing field that eliminates entry barriers and operational obstacles which prevent sustainability and profitability.” He said.

Irukera added: “By this law, the Federal Government has cemented the most needed efficient and transparent framework for meaningful and credible disposition of public enterprises, expanding economic growth and assuring shared prosperity.

“As a leading market in Africa, a vibrant competition framework is a key tool in reducing poverty, increasing value for money and ensuring consumer satisfaction.

“This demonstration of fidelity to consumers and citizens while continuing to promote Nigeria as a leading destination for investment is an outstanding achievement, and a historic milestone in the development of Nigeria and prioritization of her people both from consumer protection and economic competitiveness standpoints.

“We at the Consumer Protection Council will engage every tool and provision in this new law, and any other enactment for the protection of consumers to ensure fair treatment and respect for Nigerian consumers.”

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