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Hardship: Reopen Borders for Food importation- FCCPC Advices FG 

Hardship: Reopen Borders for Food importation- FCCPC Advices FG

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has appealed to the federal government to reopen the country’s borders to allow legitimate importation of food items to combat hunger among Nigerians.

The commission made the call during an advocacy meeting with traditional rulers and other stakeholders held at the Emir’s palace in Bauchi.

Acting executive chairman of the commission, Adamu Abdullahi, highlighted the FCCPC’s ongoing efforts in advocacy and public awareness regarding price gouging and other unfair trade practices in Nigerian markets.

Abdullahi explained that the commission’s visit aimed to sensitize stakeholders on their rights and help them identify counterfeit products and proper channels for lodging complaints.

He mentioned that reopening borders would facilitate food importation, potentially stabilizing market prices.

“As mediators, we ensure that substandard products are repaired, replaced, or refunded to the consumer if they are unsatisfied with their purchase,” Abdullahi stated.

He expressed concern about escalating commodity prices due to the recent appreciation of the naira against the dollar, calling the situation unacceptable.

“The FCCPC remains dedicated to promoting fair competition, protecting consumers, and fostering a regulated marketplace. We encourage citizens to be vigilant and actively report any violations,” he added.

Responding, the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, expressed concern over the rising prices in markets, particularly for food items, which he noted are causing hardship for citizens.

Represented by the District Head of Lame, Yakubu Aliyu Lame, the Emir urged the federal government to take urgent action to reduce food prices, stressing the suffering of ordinary Nigerians.

Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu assured that the traditional institution in the state is ready to help raise public awareness about the Commission’s activities to ensure the message reaches the targeted audience.

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