The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has brought to the attention of the public that the circulation of substandard products in Nigerian markets is currently skyrocketing.
Speaking at a sensitization programme in the University of Ibadan, the Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Babatunde Irukera, said that this is because Nigerians do not imbibe the culture of quality.
He said that consumers have a right to get quality but in Nigeria, consumers do not mind about the quality; all they care about is the product and this is causing an increase in substandard products in the market.
“Essentially, it seems in our market today, quality is an option and substandard products as well as services the second option. “You can get into a market where somebody asks if you want the original or something else. That is not really the law. Consumers must have quality.
“So that we can begin from inculcating and re-cultivating the culture of quality across board,” he said.
Irukera said that over 60 percent of Nigerians insist on just having the product nit minding about the quality of the product and is the reason marketers are flooding the markets with substandard products.
The programme themed ‘Competitiveness and culture of quality’ took place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. It was aimed at educating Nigerians on their rights as consumers of goods and services.