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In today’s Commerce class, We will continue learning about Consumer Protection. We hope you enjoy the class!
- Organs of consumer protection
- Government agencies
- Independent organizations
- Rights of the consumers
- Consumer Associations
This comprises agencies that protect and educate consumers. They include:
- Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON): This is an agency set up by the Federal Government to ensure that goods produced at home or imported goods meet certain standards in terms of quality, safety, reliability etc.
- National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC): This agency was also set up by the Federal Government to ensure that foods and drugs meet safety hygiene requirements.
- Price Control Boards: These boards were established by the government to control the prices of goods. They ensure that certain goods are sold at government-controlled prices (PPMB)
- Rent Tribunals: These are set up by some state government to regulate the rents charged by landlords; prevent unnecessary exploitation of the tenants and to settle disputes regarding rent between landlords and their tenants.
- Environmental Protection Agencies e.g. FEPA; LASEPA, KAI etc: These are government task force on environmental sanitation and they regulate the supply of water, refuse disposal, industrial wastes, issues etc.
There are a number of private independent organizations (non-government organizations) which seek to protect consumers. These organizations, therefore, complement government efforts in this regard. They include:
- Trade Associations
- Manufacturers/Producers Associations
- Consumers Associations
- The Mass Media
- Educational Institutions
- Consumer Co-operative Societies
- Pressure groups
- Mention four government agencies whose activities are related to consumer protection.
- Give five examples of independent organizations involved with consumer protection.
RIGHTS OF THE CONSUMER
The consumer has the right to:
- Buy the right quality of goods
- Inspect the goods before buying
- Insists on getting values for money spent
- Choose the good he like
- Insist on correct measures
- Insist on correct balances (change) whenever he pays for goods
- Be informed
- Be heard
- Safety of goods bought
- Seek redress to correct any injustice
- Healthy environment
These are non-profit associations formed by consumers to protect their rights and interests. Examples are Tenants
Associations, Retails Co-operative Societies etc.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF CONSUMER ASSOCIATIONS
- To act as a check against the exploitation of consumers
- To educate consumers about their rights
- To check arbitrary increases in the prices of goods
- To promote and protect the interest of consumers
- To pressurize the producers to produce high-quality goods and services
- To ensure a regular supply of goods
FUNCTIONS OF CONSUMER ASSOCIATIONS
- They advise the consumer on the best brands of goods to buy
- They are involved in setting standards of products and services that are acceptable to consumers
- They act as pressure groups to influence government policies/company policies
- They organize tests to prove the quality of different goods available in the market
- They protect the interest of their members
- List three right of the consumer
- What is a consumer association?
GENERAL EVALUATION/REVISION QUESTIONS
1 Explain five functions of the Customs Authority.
2 List and explain six new trends in retailing.
3 Explain 4 advantages and three disadvantages of air transportation.
4 State five functions of consumer associations.
5 Explain five factors affecting the choice of transport of frozen products.
Essential Commerce by O. A. Longe Page 127 – 135
- List two objectives of forming consumers’ associations.
- List three rights of the consumer
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