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Fake Products: Reps urge FCCPC, NAFDAC, others to simplify complaints process

 

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), to simplify the process of laying complaints on suspected producers and importers of fake products.

It also urged the  Nigeria  Customs  Service (NCS), National Agency for Food and Drug  Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) as well as the FCCPC to provide an enhanced enforcement capacity to combat the menace.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion entitled ‘Need to Eradicate Fake Products from the Nigerian Market and Stores’ sponsored by Jimoh Olajide (APC, Lagos) at plenary on Wednesday.

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Raising the motion, Olajide noted that over the years, Nigeria has become a major dumping ground for fake products and their proliferation has led to sicknesses and eventual deaths of unsuspecting Nigerians.

He also noted that fake products include but are not limited to unauthorised or illegally manufactured, reproduced, and altered products associated with abuse of recognised intellectual property rights, such as trademark, design, or copyright for various products including currencies, clothing, electronics, automotive parts, building materials, medical supplies, foods, drinks and chemicals among others.

He further noted that on November 24, 2021, it was reported in the media that the Senate had initiated a bill to prohibit the importation of fake goods in Nigeria.

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According to him, an online platform called Chekkit recently outlined ten (10) most Commonly known Counterfeited Products in the Nigerian Market including packaged Foods, pharmaceuticals, footwear, clothing, leather goods, automotive parts, optical media (CDs & DVDs), cosmetics, alcohol, and jewellery;

Also aware that between July and August 2021, the Nigeria Customs Service was reported to have seized fake and contraband goods worth N120m.

The Lagos lawmaker expressed concern that the actions of dealers in fake products have sent most Nigerians to early graves while other victims have ended up with serious health complications including mental and physical disabilities.

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“Nigeria has no specific anti-counterfeit law that is robust to cover all types of goods and species of anti-counterfeit; hence, the fight against counterfeits involves the creative application of the various laws that affect rights holders in one way or the other, which include the Copyrights Act, the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, the Customs and Excise Management Act and the Cybercrime (Prohibit, Prevention, Etc.) Act, among others,” he said.

Olajide further expressed worries that despite efforts by Government Agencies such as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), etc, to combat the menace, the Nigerian market is still flooded with different harmful products.

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The lawmaker, therefore, advised that urgent legislative action will go a long way in reducing or eradicating the menace of fake products in Nigeria.

To this end, the House adopted the motion after a voice vote was called by the presiding officer, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase.

The House has mandated its Committees on  Drugs and  Narcotics,  Industry,  Customs and  Excise, and  Ports and Harbours; to as a  matter of urgency,  liaise with relevant stakeholders with a  view to finding lasting solutions to the menace of fake products in Nigeria.

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