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Utomi urges sustainable deal for consumers


To safeguard the health of Nigerians regulatory agencies have to scale up their control mechanisms of products across the value chain for people to consume them in a sustainable manner.

A professor of political economy, Pat Utomi made the assertion yesterday at the 2020 World Consumer Rights Day in Lagos, noting that the impact of coronavirus has made it mandatory for countries to adequately control production and consumption of products and services in a way that is beneficial to public health and the environment.
He stated that the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), though an evolving organisation, should improve capacity building and synergy among regulatory agencies including the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for enhanced consumer rights.


Utomi, who is Chairman, FeedbackHall Limited, stressed that the theme of this year’s celebration, “The Sustainable Consumer’ is unique and significant at a time when the world has limited time to make changes that could address issues around the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

“Regulators need to ensure that, not just final products, but also the production processes are sustainable. They need to ensure that claims of companies regarding the degree of the sustainability of their products and services were correct.”

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