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I will deepen awareness of Consumer Protection Council – Tunji Bello

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The newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC),
Mr. Tunji Bello has declared that part of his first agenda at the commission is to deepen awareness and public enlightenment.

He said most Nigerians are not aware of the FCCPC, adding that there is room for improvement at the commission, because Nigerians are looking for succour.

This comes as the Nigerian Senate tasked the FCCPC to redouble its efforts in protecting Nigerian consumers in the face of the current inflation in the country.

The nominee spoke on Monday during screening by the Senate committee on Trade and investment, chaired by Senator Sadiq Umar ( APC, Kwara North).

The chairman of the committee, said the nominee, if confirmed, should know there is a lot of work to do to protect Nigerian consumers, especially satellite TV service providers.

Bello, in response to concern raised by the chairman and his colleagues said FCCPC will look at the terms service providers give to Nigerians and compare it to what they give in other countries, for example, in South Africa so that Nigerians are not unnecessarily exploited.

“I know in other parts of the world, if you are not available to watch, they charge you per view. You pay according to what you are able to watch. This is the new area we have to look at”.

Mr. Bello told the senators that Nigerian national interest will be his guiding principle if confirmed by the Senate, adding that consumer protection should get to tomato and pepper consumers at the lower level of the economy.

Senators, especially those from Lagos state like Tokunbo Abiru, Idiat Adebule, took turns to speak about Bello as a journalist, lawyer and public administrator, especially as a Commissioner for Environment under Tinubu as governor of Lagos, Secretary to State Government (SSG) under Governor Ambode and commissioner under former Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola. Indeed, all of them attested to his capacity and character.

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