Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has noted that Consumer Protection is crucial in achieving the development goals of the present administration.
Adeniyi took this position today while inaugurating the governing board of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Tribunal in Abuja.
The Minister who warns against interference in the daily running of the organisations also said the board has the responsibilities of monitoring staff performance, ensuring more accountability, among others. He urged members to boost the activities of the organization.
While calling on the board and tribunal members to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of their newly assigned duties, he said that the government will not hesitate to punish any corrupt practices perpetrated by any board members while in office.
According to him, “Let me reiterate that the board shall not be involved in the day-to-day operations which are the sole responsibility of the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of FCCPC, and chairman of the tribunal who is the accounting officers.
“As you are all aware, this present administration has zero-tolerance for any form of corruption and this stance must not be compromised in any way.
“Government will punish any corrupt practices perpetrated by any board members as well as the management team.”
Also speaking, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, expressed delight on the composition of the two bodies, saying having a woman as chairman of the tribunal testified to the gender balance stance of the present administration.
She called on the members of the two bodies to get acquainted with relevant documents and instruments that will guide them in the efficient performance of their duties.
Responding, the chairman of the tribunal, Hajia Saratu Shafii, said no stone would be left unturned to ensure Nigerians get value for their money.
“We will protect Nigerians from unfair trade practices. We will change the perception of Nigerians who believed they have been held captive by service providers,” she said.
The tribunal boss, who pledged the readiness of the team to perform according to expectations, however, called on the government to provide office space and other logistics to enable them to hit the ground running.
Other members of the tribunal are George Mbonu South-east; Thomas Okosun South-south; Umar Duhu North-east; Ibrahim El-Yakubu (North-west; Sola Ajulo South-west; and Kenneth Gyado North-central.
Speaking on behalf of the FCCPC governing board, the chairman Barr Emeka Nwapa, said “We will do everything within our power to discharge our duties as given to us,” even as he also called for the required resources to carry out the board’s duties. The event witnessed the presence of former Adamawa State governor, Bindo Jibrilla and former Minister of Youth and. Sport, Sani Ndanusa.
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