Consumer protection council boss gets U.S. citizenship award

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ABUJA – The Director-General, Consumer Council (CPC), Mrs Dupe Atoki, has been awarded the honourary Citizenship of the State of Georgia, of America.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Public Relations of CPC, Mr Biodun [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
Obimuyiwa, on Wednesday in Abuja.
It said the award was given in recognition of Atoki’s continued contributions to the of the state.
According to statement, a delegation of lawmakers from the Capitol Hill of the Georgia
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General Assembly notified her of the award on Tuesday in Abuja.
“ The delegation comprised the Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Mrs Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Mrs Donzella James and Dr Ken Giami, the Chief Executive Officer of African Leadership Magazine,’’ it said.
The statement reported Dawkins-Haigler as saying that the award was conferred on individuals deemed worthy and who had great experience and knowledge doing great work abroad.
She commended the director-general and her team for the good work they were doing in CPC, stressing that “it is admired, not just here (in Nigeria) but abroad”.
She noted that much could be learnt from the team as long as consumer was concerned, because they had brought the protection of consumers up to a level.
James presented Atoki with an official senate pin on behalf of the Senate and Governor of the State of Georgia, saying that it represented the key to the state.
According to the statement, the award can not be done outside the Georgia, hence, Atoki was formally invited to the state for the conferment of the award in March 2015.
Atoki, while responding to the award, said it was a good year present for CPC and herself.
According to Atoki, the task of protecting consumers in Nigeria is a huge one as consumer abuse and the impunity of business reign side by side.
“But where you have strict compliance measures, everybody streamlines and for us here we have had and continued to have gross consumer abuses.
“ These abuses have remained in the system the years and have unexpectedly led to consumer apathy.
“ I have tried to sensitise consumers to their rights and responsibilities and also take up businesses that have had the reign of impunity.
“ It will be a long process to make the desired impact, but the “journey has already started” and the council should be given time for it to succeed.(NAN)