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General News of Thursday, 15 March 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

CUTS launches a movement to pressurize government to pass consumer protection law

The center for policy and research (CUTS) in collaboration with the Consumer Protection Agency has launched operation 20 thousand signatures to pressurize government on the passage of the consumer protection law

In a press briefing to mark the World Consumer Day, Mr. Appiah Kusi Adomako, centre Coordinator of CUTS Ghana said it is about time government enacted the consumer protection commission which will ensure that consumers are not taken for granted by merchants and manufacturers.

“We supposed to have put on red because we have been in the trenches for many years in talking about the need for government through its many agencies to pass the consumer protection law,” he said

On his part the Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Protection Agency, Mr. Kofi Kapito said the passage of the consumer protection law should be a priority to all Ghanaians as everybody at one point or the other becomes a consumer and source the services of agencies.

“We all shop at the Melcom's and the Shoprites and we all consume electricity and water so what unites us as a people is that we are all consumers,” he said.

According to him, the CPA in conjunction with CUTS is soliciting for 20thousands signatures from Ghanaians to petition the government and pressurized it to pass the law

“I urge all Ghanaians to get involved and sign the petition” he added

Mr. Kapito said, they will present the petition to the government and copy all relevant agencies who are constitutionally tasked to protect the consumer

“Every Ghanaian should visit the Change.org and sign the petition so we can see the law passed,” he said

According to him, they will picket the office of the Ministry of Trade, the Attorney General’s office if the law is not passed.

Mr. Kapito was speaking at a press briefing to celebrate World consumer day themed ‘making digital marketplaces fairer’ in Accra.

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