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FG Vows To Clampdown On Traders Inflating Commodity Prices

The Federal Government has pledged to crack down on traders who are “unfairly raising prices” of goods and commodities. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) is worried about consumers experiencing rising costs despite the recent strengthening of the Naira against the dollar.

Adamu Abdullahi, the Commission’s chief, conveyed this concern in a statement released on Wednesday.

Abdullahi said, “This situation is unacceptable, and the FCCPC is committed to protecting consumers from exploitation.

“The FCCPC understands the significant financial strain these rising prices are placing on Nigerian households. As a result, the Commission is taking proactive steps to address this issue.

“While the FCCPC cannot directly regulate prices, the Commission will utilise its existing legal framework to enforce fair competition and consumer protection provisions.

“This includes monitoring and investigating unusual price hikes, addressing complaints filed by consumers, and taking action against any businesses found to be engaging in anti-competitive practices such as price-fixing, price gouging or cartel formation.”

The Commission said its operatives have been directed to intensify monitoring of both formal and informal markets, where businesses may be taking advantage of market conditions to unfairly inflate prices, and ramp up enforcement activities.

“The operatives will be working collaboratively with trade associations, farmer groups, and other stakeholders to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to entry in various sectors, combat price-fixing, and dismantle cartels. This will encourage increased competition, ultimately leading to lower prices for consumers.”

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