Mr. Irukera, CEO, FCCPC (r) and Mrs. Susie Onwuka, Head of Lagos Office, FCCPC, at the forum... on Tuesday

FCCPC holds Strategic Media Engagement in Lagos

* Tasks professionals on consumer welfare, improved economic space

Isola Moses

As part of the foremost consumer protection agency’s continued critical engagement with diverse stakeholders on the need to protect Nigerian consumers of products and services, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has held a strategic media engagement with professionals in Lagos.

Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), FCCPC, in his address at the forum Tuesday, December 17, 2019, related the significance of the Commission’s strategic engagement with the stakeholders in the economy.

Mr. Irukera said besides the conventional reportage, as “influencers” of public opinion, behaviour and Fourth Estate of the Realm, the media further, should support the Commission in resonating the core messages to Nigerians on the need to promote fair competition, choice, and ultimately improve the economic cum consumer space.

While relating some of the attainments of the Commission in a short video presentation since he mounted the saddle of leadership in 2017, Irukera also revealed some of the pressing challenges confronting FCCPC as of now.

Among them, he identified efforts at getting Nigerian consumers of products and services to know that they have rights, due to apparent illiteracy and lack of awareness.

According to him, another is the need for the industry to understand that there is a functional enforcement mechanism in place when they commit infractions against the consumers.

Following Questions and Answers session, the FCCPC Chief Executive, therefore, urged the media to hold everyone accountable, both in public and private sectors, as regards the importance of quality, fair competition and choice with a view to ensuring virile consumer protection regime, well-being and confidence in the nation’s economy.

In attendance at the Strategic Media Engagement were several media representatives from the print, broadcast and online platforms, as well as the Management staff and officials of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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