HOW CPC, SON SHIELDED COMPANY SELLING FAKE TYRES: A REJOINDER
The attention of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has been drawn to a news report, captioned “How CPC, SON shielded company selling fake tyres”, and published in your widely respected on-line medium on Monday, February 13, 2017.
CPC, as a responsible and responsive organisation, feels obliged to put in proper perspective issues raised in the news report, which alleged compromise against its officers, with a view to properly informing your esteemed readers.
Without necessarily rehashing the news report, the complainant, Mr. Obafemi Bolaji, reported his encounter with a tyre dealer, suspected to have altered the production dates of three new tyres he bought in Ibadan to CPC Office in Akure, Ondo State in December 2016.
Mr. Bolaji was said to have been told by the Ondo State Administrator of CPC that he “would bear the cost of fuelling the commission’s vehicle” that would take him and the officials to Ibadan, which he agreed to because he wanted a redress, only to be told that the vehicle was faulty and thereafter was referred to the Akure office of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).
CPC wishes to categorically state the following that:
Meanwhile, CPC after receiving an e-mail on the case at its headquarters forwarded same to its South West Zonal Office in Osogbo because of the office proximity to the abode of the complainant and the alleged.
Be informed that a mediation meeting between the two parties, scheduled by the Council’s South West Zonal Office for February 20, 2017, is known to the complainant, Mr. Bolaji, and he has affirmed that his brother will represent him as the scheduled meeting falls within the week of his engagement.
The fact that there has not been any formal physical contact between the complainant and CPC, as the first mediation meeting is still approaching, underlines the fact that the Council did not request for any payment to facilitate movement to Ibadan.
CPC has done this rejoinder because of the high regard it has for your medium and its valuable readers, hoping that similar prominence will be given to its publication as the initial news report had.
Please, accept the warm wishes of the Director General.
Deputy Director (Public Relations)
For: Director General