Consumer Protection Council, CPC has concluded arrangements for nationwide sensitization campaign and enforcement activities against smuggled poultry products in Nigeria.
The Council’s Director General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki made this disclosure recently at a meeting with members of Poultry Association of Nigeria at the Council’s headquarters in Abuja.
Mrs. Atoki said the Council is adopting a three-pronged approach against the existence of the products, which she identified as including the sensitization of consumers on the dangers of the consumption of these products, removal of the products and collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
She pointed out that the meeting was initiated as part of the strategies at forging necessary collaborations with the stakeholders, disclosing further that other engagements with relevant Federal Ministries and the Customs Service have been mapped out.
According to her, “we have invited the Poultry Association of Nigeria to speak with us and speak to the issues”, stating further that “we are aware that they have commissioned a study on the hazards and health implications of imported poultry products.
“We have invited them to share with us, so that together we can have a holistic roadmap to engage the sector, and to bring to table all Nigerians products that we know are safe and not hazardous, and products that will be made in Nigeria for Nigerians. They are also to brief us on their suggested way forward in ensuring that these products are removed from the market, and their capacity for local production to bridge the gap” she asserted.
On the enforcement activities, Mrs. Atoki said the Council is willing to collaborate with the association to get necessary intelligence on sources of the importation of these banned products, cold rooms/ storage facilities, distribution outlets/chains including markets, supermarkets, eateries, while enforcement strategies would be mapped out.
She stated that the Council’s decision became inevitable because the existence of these products was not only causing health hazards to the country’s citizens, but also constituting an economic sabotage.
The CPC boss added: “It bothers not only on health; it bothers also on the economy of the country. As long as you continue to import products that can be made in Nigeria, we are diminishing the opportunity for employment in Nigeria”.
Speaking at the event, the President, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Dr. Ayo Oduntan, gave a pathetic state of the consumption level of these banned poultry products in Nigeria, claiming that “in Nigeria, since 2002, chicken has been banned and of the 1.2 to 1.5 billion tons of chicken consumed in this country, 800 to 1million tons of it are smuggled into Nigeria”.
Oduntan, said his association’s agitation was not really about a “fight for the business of the poultry industry”, but to point out the hazards inherent in the consumption of the banned products.

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