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War Against Substandard Product: Lagos Assembly Moves To Repeal Customer Protection Agency Law

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Lagos State House of Assembly has begun moves to repeal the State’s Customer Protection Agency Bill so as to eliminate substandard and hazardous products in the market.

The bill which will scaled second reading will be committed to the House Committee on Commerce and Industry which is to report back in two weeks.

While presenting a bill to establish Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, the Chairman House Committee On Commerce and Industry, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, said the law should not only be reviewed but repealed and re-enacted.

“Today in Nigeria especially in Lagos, there are hazardous products prevalent and so many people are falling victims of these sub-standard products. The implementation of the existing law needs to be seriously addressed”, said Yusuff.

Citing an example, the Chairman said, “What we call soft drinks today if they are subjected to laboratory test, 95 percent of the contents are sugar. The implication is that we consume so much sugar which leads to diabetes and is going on because nobody takes them to court.”

In his contributions, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) described the bill as people’s bill whose intention was protect the interest of teeming Lagosians that have had horrible customer experience from service providers like the Telecommunications.

” We have Agency and body that arrest culprit but victims are left out. This amendment has created more robust fine and penalties against offenders”, he added.
In his submission, Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 2) opined that if the bill is passed into law, it would help the economy of the State and also create employment in the technological industry.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) said the extant law has been used overtime, saying that there was need to repeal and re-enact it to block some loopholes exploited by operators of the law.

According to him, 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.

Also, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, 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.

“This is what is obtainable at the federal consumer protection agency. We can replicate same in Lagos and this will make the public to have confidence in the state agency”, he said.

Hon. Lukman Olumoh ( Ajeromi Ifelodun 1) maintained that the bill would enhance consumer confidence, adding “I will suggest that offenders of the law should be well purnished. The position of General Manager (GM) should not be limited to legal practitioner or State Counsel.

” The enforcement offices should be sited across the state and not be restricted to one place as it is right now”, he added.

However, the Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, after deliberation by the lawmakers, committed the bill to the Committee on Commerce and Industry and that it should report back in two weeks.

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Sanwo-olu bans Okada in additional four councils

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The Lagos State Government has extended the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada to four more Local Govt Areas and five Local Council Development Areas.

As gathered, the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed full enforcement from September 1, 2022.

The additional councils where the total Okada ban is pronounced include Kosofe Local Government, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Shomolu Local Government, and Mushin Local Government.

Others are Ikosi-Isherri LCDA, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Isolo LCDA, Bariga LCDA, and Odi-Olowo LCDA.

Sanwo-Olu had in May banned the operation of commercial motorcycles on highways and six local governments and nine LCDAs. The governor announced that the ban is “indefinite and total”.

The six local governments listed by the governor are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa. The ban followed the February 2020 restriction placed on the activities of commercial motorcycles.

Sanwo-Olu said the Government took the decision in line with the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 to immediately address the chaos and menace created by the operations of Okada in the listed areas. He told the police to enforce the order without compromise.

 

-Punch Newspaper

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“You lied!” Adebutu insists court never pronounced Sowunmi as PDP governorship candidate in Ogun state

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Factional governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state, Oladipupo Adebutu claims that, the news of the appeal court judgement purported to have affirmed the Governorship candidacy of Segun Sowunmi, is not accurate. Adebutu insists, the court never pronounced Sowunmi as the party’s candidate. Recall that a news broke on Monday that…

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