…Confiscate goods worth N1bn
The Managing Director of Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), who doubled as acting Managing Director of Consumer Protection Council (KSCPC), Alhaji Baffa Babba Dan Agundi has stated that all KAROTA personnel would specifically be deployed during the month of Ramadan to do the work of arresting expired and counterfeit goods at various markets and warehouses.
Dan Agundi also confirmed that the agency confiscated and in custody of expired and counterfeit goods worth N1 billion. He made this known during a media briefing held at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano State chapter recently, disclosed that the warehouse made available by the state government to stock such expired and counterfeit goods is now at full capacity and needed one more.
He described as disheartening that in their custody an expired cigarettes worth N500 million was detected, lamenting that even the unexpired cigarettes carried a warning that ‘it’s dangerous to health,’ not to talk of expired ones.
Dan Agundi revealed that each day his staff arrest and confiscate between unregistered, expired or fake goods at most especially Muhammad Abubakar Rimi and Singer Markets respectively, among other warehouses which he usually got information from concerned citizens.
He however said the agency now target restaurants across the state to ensure they registered their business premises for free at the portal made available by CPC, besides a clean bill of health of all their staff as measure to curb spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
The chairman, CPC revealed however that in only three restaurants visited by his staff, they discovered six hepatitis infected persons among them, expressing fear that this may lead to the spread of COVID-19. Dan Agundi said similar effort would be extended to bakeries, pure or sachet water producers among other places in ensuring no harm to law abiding citizens.