From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The Kano State Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has destroyed 402 tons of substandard, fake, adulterated, expired and unwholesome products worth over N1 billion.
Speaking during the destruction of the items, yesterday, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the seizure of such quantity of the items was a clear indication that his administration is succeeding in fighting against drug abuse.
According to him, his administration, which has zero tolerance to fake products, would not rest on its ores in its efforts towards ensuring that the state is free from such illicit products, and also drug abuse among the youths.
He said, “We will make sure that the state is not only dropping from the high position in drug abuse in the country, but will make sure that it’s free from drug abuse.
“We are working towards the establishment of a law that would ensure that those engage in selling fake, substandard, adulterated, expired and unwholesome products are brought to book.”
Ganduje also commended the acting CPC MD, who also doubled as the MD Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) for his tireless effort.
Earlier in his remarks, the CPC Acting Managing Director (MD), Mr Baffa Dan’agundi said the seizure if the items were recorded within the past three months when he took the mantle of leadership.
According to him, immediately he was appointed as the acting MD, the governor instructed him to do everything possible to ensure that those products are no longer in existence in the state.
“I wish to inform you that these seizures were carried out during our operations within the past three months, and we made seizures on a daily basis.
“In the next three months, I have the confidence that we are not going to make such a seizure, because the perpetrators know that we are ready for them, because we have arrested some of them.
“What you are seeing here, we have one over three of it at our warehouse waiting to be destroyed also. And those items we seized are so dangerous to health.” He said.
Dan’agundi further commended the Ganduje for approving the recruitment of 100 casual staff, with the release of their one year allowances to the CPC.
According to him, “When I became the acting MD, I realised that there was never a time the CPC received upto N10 million. but during my stay, the governor has released N50 million for us to carry out our assignment.
The acting MD further commended all security agencies that have been given the council the necessary support towards achieving its set objectives.