The Director General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in Imo State, Obioma Okafor has directed the immediate reduction in the price of sachet water.
Okafor said the sachet water popularly known as “pure water” should be sold for N150 per bag as against ₦250 per bag and N10 per sachet as against ₦20 per sachet to the final consumer.
She said the council arrived at this decision, after meeting severally with the leadership of Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) and other stakeholders in the industry in the state.
Obioma stated that as a regulatory agency, the council is very much concerned with the protection of consumer’s interest, adding that the reduction was to mitigate the pains and sufferings of Imo citizens.
The CPC boss expressed the council’s determination to ensure that consumers in the state have value for their money, stressing that there will be no compromise of any kind, as the council would not rest in its efforts, until the consumers are adequately protected.
She said; “Therefore, producers, wholesalers and retailers of sachet water (pure water) in the state must comply with this directive or face the wrath of the law.
“Our ultimate desire is to ensure that all portable water in Imo State is pure and certified for human consumption.
“We urge the general public to insist on buying at the new price and report cases of infringement to CPC.
“Meanwhile, our surveillance and enforcement officers will continue to move round the state to see the level of compliance to this directives and also ensure that it is obeyed.
“We want to warn those who are still cutting corners to do the needful or face sanctions which range from outright sealing to huge fine.”
Okafor promised that the council would work with stakeholders in the industry to achieve further reduction in the price of pure water and other essential commodities in the market.