List of Consumer Protection Agencies in Nigeria

List of Consumer Protection Agencies in Nigeria.

A consumer is someone who buys goods and services for their own personal use. They are also known as the end-user of any product or service. Products or services meant for consumers are called consumer products.

Consumer protection is the act of safeguarding buyers goods, products and services, against unfair practices in the general marketplace.The consumer protection laws are created to protect and promote consumer interest. Also, competition rules in Nigeria are designed to promote healthy competition in Nigerian markets at all levels.

Need’s for Consumer Protection Agencies

  • Enforcement of the various consumers protection laws and legislation’s

  • To ensure consumers’ access to adequate information

  • To carry out Consumers’  education and sensitization.

  • To formulate policies on standard and best practices from them to time

  • For effective consumer dispute resolution and redress.

Consumer Protection Laws in Nigeria

  • The Public Health Laws, 1917 now known as Public Health Ordinance Cap 164 of 1958

  • The Food and Drugs Decree, No. 35 of 1974

  • The Standards Organizations of Nigeria (SON) Decree, No. 56 of 1971

  • The Animal Disease Control Decree, No. 10 of 1988

  • The Marketing of Breast Milk Substitute Decree, No. 41 of 1990

  • The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Decree No. 15 of 1993 Laws of the Federation.

  • The National Film and Video Censors Act No.85 of 1993 Laws of the Federation.

  • The Nigerian Communication Act 2003

  • The Civil Aviation Act 2006

  • The Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005

  • The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2018

  • The Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007

  • The National Information and Technology Development Agency Act 2007

  • The National Broadcasting Commission Act No.38, 1992

  • The National Environmental Standards and Regulations  Enforcement Agency Act 2007-2018

List of Consumer Protection Agencies in Nigeria

  • Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC)

  • Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)

  • National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB)

  • National Communications Commission (NCC)

  • Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)

  • National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

  • Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)

  • Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

  • National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

  • National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)

  • National Environment Standard and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA)

  • National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC)

WRAPPING UP:

Since the FCCPC was passed into law in January 2019, the regulatory landscape of Nigeria’s competition and consumer protection regime has been greatly improved in all ramifications. The public as a result have more confidence in demanding respect for their rights and the Commission has been very responsive in instilling and enforcing consumers’ rights and stabilizing competition in the country’s ever growing economy.

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