HOW CPC, SON SHIELDED COMPANY SELLING FAKE TYRES: A REJOINDER

The Editor,

Sahara Reporters

 

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:

  • It is a Federal Government’s parastatal, created by the Consumer Protection Council Act Chapter C25, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004;
  • It has no office in Akure, Ondo State, as stated in the news report, and as such it does not have officials on its pay-roll there;
  • It has a Zonal Office in Osogbo, Osun state, whose operations cover the States in the South West Region of the country, including Ondo State;
  • It is aware that there exists an Ondo State Consumer Protection Committee, which is under the control of the Ondo State Government;
  • Compelling consumers to wholly or partly pay for the cost of seeking redress over any market abuse is not part of its modus operandi, and as such no officer in its workforce would have told Mr. Bolaji to bear the cost of fuelling its vehicle from Akure to Ibadan;

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.

Abiodun Obimuyiwa

Deputy Director (Public Relations)

For: Director General