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15 Years After, Buhari Signs Anti-Monopoly Law …CPC Hails President

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Federal Competition Bill into law, 15 years after the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) proposed an anti-trust law to checkmate monopoly in the Nigerian economy, and Consumer Protection bill.
The law seeks to eliminate monopoly and ensure competitive trade in the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this in a statement made available on Wednesday.
Enang said the new law repeals the Consumer Protection Council Act and sections 118-128 of the Investment and Securities Act.
The new act establishes the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission as well as the Consumer Protection Tribunal to try violations.
“The law is to promote economic efficiency, maintain competitive market in the Nigerian economy, protect the Nigerian economy, protect the interest and welfare of consumers by providing consumers with wide variety of quality products at competitive prices as well as prohibit restrictive or unfair business practices in the Nigerian economy,” Enang said.
“This act has accordingly, upon assent been remitted to the National Assembly/appropriate authorities as law of the federation.”
Enang said the functions of the commission are to: “Initiate broad based policies and review economic activities in Nigeria to identify anti-competitive, anti-consumer protection and restrictive practices which may adversely affect the economic interest of consumers and make rules and regulations under this Act and any other enactment with regards to competitions and protection of consumers; Advise the Federal Government generally on national policies and matters pertaining to all goods and services and on the determination of national norms and standards relating to competition and consumer protection; Report annually on market practices and the implications for consumer choice and competition in the consumer market; Eliminate anti-competitive agreements, misleading, unfair, deceptive or unconscionable marketing, trading and business practices; Resolve disputes or complaints, issue directives and apply sanctions where necessary; Create public awareness through seminars, workshops, studies and make available information with regard to the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions to the public; Regulate and seek ways and means of removing or eliminating from the market, hazardous goods and services, including emission, untested, controversial, emerging or new technologies, products or devices whatsoever, and cause offenders to replace such goods or services with safer and more appropriate alternatives; Publish, from time to time, list of goods and services whose consumption and sale have been banned, withdrawn, restricted or are not approved by the federal government or foreign governments; and Encourage trade, industry and professional associations to develop and enforce in their various fields quality standards designed to safeguard the interest of consumers”.
Meanwhile, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly- Senate, Ita Enang announced the signing of the Act which establishes the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission as well as the Consumer Protection Tribunal to try violations.
Director General of CPC, Babatunde Irukera, on Wednesday, expressed gratitude to the President for signing the law saying, “By this, Nigeria has promulgated perhaps the most prolific legislation for promoting consumer confidence, choice and fair pricing.
Irukera added that by this law, the Federal Government has cemented the most needed efficient and transparent framework for meaningful and credible disposition of public enterprises, expanding economic growth and assuring prosperity.
He said, Nigeria, being a leading market in Africa, a vibrant competition framework is a key tool in reducing poverty, increasing value for money and ensuring consumer satisfaction.
“We at the Consumer Protection Council will engage every tool and provision in this new law, and any other enactment for the protection of consumers to ensure fair treatment and respect for Nigerian consumers.
“The law is to promote economic efficiency, maintain competitive market in the Nigerian economy, protect the Nigerian economy, protect the interest and welfare of consumers by providing consumers with wide variety of quality products at competitive prices as well as prohibit restrictive or unfair business practices in the Nigerian economy.
“This law repeals the Consumer Protection Council Act and sections 118 – 128 of the Investment and Securities Act”.

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