The Lagos State Government has again re-emphasised its resolve to ensure that the rights of consumers are protected from all forms of unfair trade practices in the State.
Speaking at a public enlightenment campaign themed “Know Your Rights”, held at the Ikorodu Local Government Area Secretariat, the General Manager, Lagos State Consumer Protection (LASCOPA), Mrs. Kemi Olugbode said the Agency will continue to ensure that the rights of consumers are not only protected but promoted.
The General Manager noted that the sensitisation campaign was initiated by the State government to ensure that consumers are educated on their rights, stressing that “The on-going Divisional Public Enlightenment Campaign, which commenced in the last quarter of the year 2019, had been in Ikeja, Surulere and Epe divisions of the State”.
According to her, the law that enacted the Agency also empowered LASCOPA to prosecute businesses, manufacturers and companies that churned out substandard products or traders who engaged in unfair trade practices.
Continuing, she maintained that LASCOPA requires presence in every Local Government and Local Council Development Area of the State so as to ensure that the rights of consumers, especially at the grassroots are well protected.
The General Manager, while thanking the participants for their support, charged them to take advantage of the existence of LASCOPA to lodge any complaint they might have on infringement of their rights as consumers of goods or services, reiterating that the services of the Agency are free.
She, however, urged the Stakeholders at the meeting to collaborate with the present administration in its bid to make lives easier for them as well as provide office space for the Agency to thrive in their respective Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas.
Earlier, the Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government, Mr. Adesina Wasiu, who was represented by the HOD of Agric, Shitta Kadijat, commended the State Government for setting up the Agency for Lagosians.
Dignitaries in attendance were the of Bale of Gberigbe, Chief Adebayo Awomodu; the Iyaloja-General of Ikorodu Division, Alhaja Taofeekat Allison; the Chairman, Lagos State Council of Tradesman and Artisans, Mr. Raheem Waliu; Chairman, CDC Ikorodu Division, Alhaji Luqman Shonibare and representatives of the Nigeria Youth Council of Nigeria among others.