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Lagos Assembly moves to repeal State’s Consumer Protection Agency Bill

Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa-Ikeja Photo: Wikimedia.Org

*The Lagos State House of Assembly seeks to review and re-enact the State’s Consumer Protection Agency Bill in view of the prevalence of hazardous and sub-standard products in Lagos and other states of the Nigerian Federation

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In an effort at improving consumer experience while curbing substandard and hazardous products from gaining access into the markets, the Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) has commenced the consideration of a bill to repeal the State’s Consumer Protection Agency Bill, to be more embracing in protecting consumers of products and services in the country.

ConsumerConnect reports the bill scaled second reading during House plenary Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Alausa-Ikeja, in lagos.

The LSHA has committed the bill the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, which is expected to report back to the whole House in two weeks’ time.

While presenting a bill to establish the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) earlier, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, Chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, disclosed that the law should not only be reviewed but repealed and re-enacted for the wellbeing of consumers.

Hon. Yusuff said: “Today in Nigeria, especially in Lagos, there are hazardous products prevalent, and so many people are falling victim to these sub-standard products.

“The implementation of the existing law needs to be seriously addressed.”

The Lagos State legislator also stated: “What we call soft drinks today, if they are subjected to laboratory tests, 95 percent of the contents are sugar.

“The implication is that we consume so much sugar which leads to diabetes, and it is going on because nobody takes them to court.”

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2), in his contributions, also described the consumer protection bill as a people’s bill, which intention is to protect the interest of teeming Lagosians that have had horrible customer experience from service providers, especially in the telecommunications sector of the Nigerian economy.

The lawmaker noted: “We have an agency and body that arrests culprits, but victims are left out.

“This amendment has created more robust fines and penalties against offenders”, he added.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1), Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Aseembly, as well commented that the extant law has been used overtime.

According to Hon. Agunbiade, there is a need to repeal and re-enact it to block some loopholes exploited by operators of the law in the state.

“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,” said the lawmaker.

Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, also 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.

Hon. Eshinlokun-Sanni stated: “This is what is obtainable at the Federal consumer protection agency (Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission).

“We can replicate the same in Lagos, and this will make the public have confidence in the state agency.”

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