MECHANISMS FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION LEGISLATION IN NIGERIA: FEDERAL COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT 2018

Abstract
Consumer protection has been shown to be very important and necessary, as goods and services should be subjected to strict and
stringent procedures, with adherence to laid down legislations and rules. This adherence to rules has ensured that the wellbeing of
consumers are adequately protected, and has also prevented incessant loss of life and earnings. Consumer protection has provided redress for victims of unscrupulous producers through the adequate enforcement of laws. The FCCPA being the parent law on consumer protection in Nigeria has tackled many of these
issues, and laid down the template for enforcement. Consumers are now enabled to pursue enforcement of their rights by utilising all the enforcement channels such as laying of complaints before the FCCPC on any of their rights that have been violated. The consumer also has the right to file civil suits in any court with jurisdiction within Nigeria in order to obtain compensation orders and injunctions. Civil society groups have also been given the
mandate to work in the interest of consumers to ensure adequate protection. It was therefore shown that when consumers adequately utilised these enforcement mechanisms, incidences of fake products will be reduced to the barest minimum.

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