Hold suppliers of substandard fuel accountable, Buhari fumes

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that producers and providers of consumable products be held accountable for substandard services and or products sold by them.

This is coming a couple of hours after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) named four importers as being responsible for the importation of petrol containing a high level of methanol.

They are MRS, Oando, Duke Oil and a consortium consisting of Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U.

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According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari has also given directives to the relevant government agencies to take every step in line with the laws of the country to ensure respect and protection of consumers against market abuses and social injustices.

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The statement read in parts: “In a reaction to the issue of petroleum product shortages linked to the inadvertent supply of products of foreign origin into the Nigerian market, President Buhari said the protection of consumer interests is a priority of the present administration and is ready to take all necessary measures to protect consumers from hazardous products, loss or injuries from the consumption of substandard goods.

“The President directed that in line with the law, service providers must make full disclosure of relevant information with respect to the consumption of their products and that dissatisfied consumers are entitled to a proper redress of their complaints.”

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