Concerns Mount as Counterfeit Products Flood the Market

Nigerians are increasingly troubled by the recent surge in counterfeit goods in the market.

The surge in adulterated products is eroding consumer trust in their purchases and creating substantial health and safety hazards.

According to experts, the economic impact is also profound, as it undermines legitimate businesses, and hinders the country’s ability to compete on a global scale.

They demanded prompt actions from the relevant government agencies to curb the challenge.

The President of the Advertisers’ Association of Nigeria, Osamede Uwubanmwen, said, “I don’t think any professional marketer would be working for an adulterated brand product because they will be confronted with the challenge. Most adulterated brands don’t build brands; they just rely on the brand builder.

“It is even against our work ethics because it is killing efforts and then the consumers end up buying the wrong products and causing a lot of harm to the consumers.”

A resident of Okota, who identified herself as Dolapo, recounted her recent cosmetics shopping experience, where she discovered later that some products she purchased from a popular supermarket were counterfeit despite having similar packaging and labelling.

Mrs Ola Aina, a resident of Ajao, shared with our correspondent that she purchased a pack of malaria medication at home, unaware that it was counterfeit until her guest pointed out its falseness.

She was happy that no one in her household had used it, especially her teenage children.

Recently, the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control said it destroyed several adulterated red wines, soft drinks, champagnes and other products in Abia State.

NAFDAC also confiscated adulterated products worth millions of naira from the popular Cemetery Market in Aba, the commercial hub of the state.

The Director of the Southeast zone of NAFDAC, Martins Iluyomade, said the products were confiscated when the agency raided the market earlier in the week.

“Every shop here is a factory (for fake products). There are two sets of illegality going on here. Some sets of people are manufacturing products of other people in large quantities, so much so that the other people might not know the difference between their products and the (fake) ones that are manufactured here,” Iluyomade stated.

The immediate past Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Babatunde Irukera, said the FCCPC played a crucial role in ensuring product standards and consumer safety in Nigeria.

“These operations are designed to target and eliminate the circulation of substandard goods in the market. Through strategic and well-coordinated efforts, the FCCPC works to interdict and confiscate substandard products, safeguarding the interests and well-being of consumers across Nigeria,” he disclosed.

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