Aisha Buhari charges Nigerians to know their rights as consumers

The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has charged Nigerians to always understand their rights as consumers in order to stand up to market abuses which undermine those rights.

Mrs.Buhari said the rights of the consumer must be protected at all times and that those on the wrong side of the law must be made to understand that their rights come to an end where the rights of the consumer begin.

Mrs.Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Governor of Nasarawa state, Mrs.MairoTankoAlmakura, gave the charge during her investiture as Consumer Ambassador of Nigeria by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) at an event organized by the Council to mark the 2017 World Consumer Rights Day on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Abuja.

Mrs.Buhari thanked the Management of the Consumer Protection Council for investing her, saying that the campaign for consumer rights is a noble cause and assured the Council of her support and commitment towards driving the campaign.

Earlier, the Director General of the Council, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, asserted that ignorance is one the biggest banes of Nigerian consumers.

Mrs.Atoki made the assertion on Wednesday during the flag off of the commemoration of 2017 World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) where an investiture of the Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha MuhammaduBuhari as the Nigerian Consumer Ambassador was conducted.

She stated that concerted efforts of all well-meaning Nigerians would be needed to overturn ignorance confronting the Nigerian consumer, pointing out that this informed the investiture of the wife of the president.

According to her, CPC’s mandate for the promotion and protection of the rights of consumers in all areas of their consumption in Nigeria “informed the decision taken on behalf of the Nigerian consumer community to invest the Wife of Mr. President, Her Excellency, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, as a Nigerian Consumer Ambassador.

“CPC believes that the core of its mandate, which is the empowerment of Nigeria's over 170 million consumers, including women and children, falls squarely within the realm of Her Excellency's passion for women and children empowerment. CPC reckons with Her Excellency as a role model and mother of the nation, who has demonstrated unwavering interest and shown great zeal in the empowerment of women” she added.

The DG lauded the role played by the President’s wife in alleviating the plight of internally displaced persons in the north eastern part of the country, who she said were predominantly women and children, by raising funds through her intellectual property away from government resources to meet their needs.

The CPC boss observed that “incidentally, women constitute the largest consumer block in the economy, by virtue of their innate ability and God-given role of making purchase decisions as well as in catering for the needs of the family”.

She added: “We are therefore convinced that if Her Excellency, Hajia Aisha Buhari, will, as Nigerian Consumer Ambassador, bring her passion to bear on the education of consumers, a large population of our citizens, particularly women, will be sensitised to their consumer rights and responsibilities in a very short time”.

Mrs.Atoki disclosed that CPC has not only drawn up a programme to undertake widespread grassroots sensitisation campaign across the country, but has also identified different civil society organisations, including women associations, as contact groups for the campaign in its drive to improve consumer awareness in the country.

She said the exhibition, which the President’s wife inspected to flag off the 2017 commemoration was designed to “foster interaction between consumers, producers and service providers in the digital technology industry”, adding that “a workshop featuring major players in the digital technology industry will be held at this same venue tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the impact of digital technology as well as provide the necessary guide to consumers on how to operate safely in the digital world”.