Coronavirus: FG Heeds To Ifeanyi Ubah’s Motion
Calls on Nigerians to report dubious suppliers and retailers of basic safety apparel and personal hygiene products
The Nigerian government has urged the general public to report any unreasonable or arbitrary exploitative price increase by suppliers and retailers of basic safety and protective apparel, and personal hygiene products such as face masks, latex gloves, sanitizers and anti-bacterial wipes.
The Federal government’s call came barely a month after the Senate adopted a motion sponsored by the Senator representing Anambra South, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah on the urgent need for the federal government to take proactive measures to forestall an imminent scarcity of surgical face masks in the country as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak (read the motion here)
According to the motion presented by the Anambra South Senator and adopted by the upper chamber on February 6, 2020, in recent times, face masks have become the most sought after commodity in the country with over 100 million of it unpatriotically exported to Asia through Lagos and Port Harcourt international airports.
The motion further informed Nigerians that as at 5th of November 2019, stores that usually sell one piece of face mask for ten naira increased the price to eighty naira while price of a pack consisting of fifty pieces was increased from five hundred naira to three thousand naira, and price of carton consisting of forty packs was increased from twenty thousand to one hundred and twenty thousand naira.
The Anambra South Senator further urged the government to act fast to bring the ugly situation to an end because if nothing is done to checkmate such unpatriotic acts, the country may face shortage of those health equipment.
In what appears to be a reaction to Senator Ubah’s motion and national outcry, the Nigerian government through the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) urged the public to report any unpatriotic supplier or retailer of the aforementioned products who wants to exploit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to increase profit.
In a press statement signed on Friday, February 28, 2020 by the Chief Executive Officer of the FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, the government urged the general public to report such unpatriotic individuals by calling 08056002020 or 08056003030 or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.