Following the alarm raised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over the threat the influx of fake phones pose to the health of consumers and its devastating effect on the economy and security of the nation,
the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has expressed worry and readiness to buck the ugly trend.
The Director General of the agency, Barr. Tunde Irukera, in an interview with The Daily Times yesterday, said the development was disturbing,
saying the council had always taken the position that there were disputed signs about the safety or potential adverse effect on health of certain devices regardless of the fact that they are fake or original.
Irukera says the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is working with the NCC and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to ensure that all prevailing standards take into consideration the disputed signs and put in place an enforcement mechanism
involving the customs in order to check the entry of fake phones and any device that fall short of the prevailing standards into the Nigerian market.
“We at the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission have been engaging with the NCC and SON to be sure that all prevailing standards take into consideration the disputed signs and to make sure that there is an enforcement mechanism,
including the Customs that prevents the entry into our market of not just second hand goods but any device that does not comply with this prevailing standard.
“The World Consumer Rights Day of this year which occurred last Friday had the theme “Trusted Smart Product” and the CPC’s approach to commemorating that day had components of what the issue is: security and safety. Other components were support and sustainability.
But with respect to the safety aspect, what we are concerned about is that the hardware itself are physical devices that are trusted in the sense that they are not controversial.
So, yes, we are very concerned and we are taking this very seriously and engaging with other regulators and law enforcement to fashion the best way to prevent such devices from building a market”, he said.