Save the Consumers Initiative, a Non-profit making NGO on Thursday said consumers needed to be protected against deceptive, abusive or fundamentally unfair practices by businesses.
Ilias said that consumers, therefore, needed to be educated on how to be protected from over reaching, deceptive, abusive, or unfair practices by business providers.
He said that a number of these manufacturers and shopkeepers want to make quick and easy money even if the product tended to violate rules at the cost of the health and safety of innocent people.
“Consumers are cheated in the market because they do not get proper consumer education; almost all of us use a variety of products every day. A few of these products can be made at home, while for others, we have to go to market and buy them from the shops.
“Even for the ones that we make at home, we need raw materials which we buy from the market; Nigeria is one country where a lot of people are ignorant and ill-informed about their rights as the consumers.
“They rely on the information and guidance provided to them by the manufacturers and shopkeepers,” Ilias said.
According to him, the organisation will therefore hold a conference on knowledge sharing on consumer protection to address to educate consumers on their rights.
“Without this kind of knowledge sharing gathering, consumers will quickly fall prey to the manipulative and aggressive practices of businesses seeking to increase profit and ease of doing business.
The executive director said that the upcoming conference would pave way for volunteers, who would be assigned responsibility to carry out a different tasks and a certificate of participation would be issued at the end.
According to Ilias, the conference will bring together consumers, stakeholders and service providers closer and give them the opportunity to shed more light on the areas of contradiction.
He said that the conference would also bring the consumers up-to-date by providing an overview of latest policy developments, initiative and case studies in this field.
He said that the conference was also targeted at regulating bodies of various government agencies like the Consumer Protection Council and other stakeholders.
The conference will hold on March 14 and the theme “Consumer education as way forward to consumer protection”.