By Miriam Humbe
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has identified with the federal government’s recent increase in excise duty on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, noting that it will serve as a measure to reduce the risks of abuse and disease.
The Council also applauded the Buhari administration’s consideration for consumers in granting a 90-day moratorium, and periodic incremental adjustments to ensure appropriate balance between personal consumer choices and the public interest.
The Council’s Director General, Babatunde Irukera, made these assertions in a statement issued in Abuja. Irukera stated that though “CPC protects the rights of all consumers, and their prerogative to make personal lifestyle choices”, it however “encourages responsible consumption in all circumstances, particularly of products that may potentially have adverse effects or possibly modify behaviour in a fashion that may be harmful or inconvenient to the consumer, or others.
According to him, the federal government’s approach would foster consumer confidence, provide regulatory clarity and prioritize safety.