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FCCPC bags 2023 Government Agency of the Year award

For promoting fairness, regulatory stability and consumer protection within the Nigerian marketplace, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has been named Government Agency…

For promoting fairness, regulatory stability and consumer protection within the Nigerian marketplace, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has been named Government Agency of the Year 2023.

Since taking on leadership role at the then Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in 2017, its head, Babatunde Irukera, has embarked on a transformative journey, reshaping and rebranding the CPC into a proactive and consumer-centric Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC). His oversight of the Commission’s transition and operationalisation, starting from January 30, 2019, following the enactment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, underscores his unwavering dedication to fostering a dynamic and responsive regulatory environment.

Under Irukera’s visionary guidance, the FCCPC has re- corded numerous milestones across diverse sectors, including healthcare, digital finance and electricity. One standout accomplishment is the strategic development and implementation of the Patient Bill of Rights.

This groundbreaking initiative establishes a comprehensive framework empowering patients with essential rights, such as informed consent, confidentiality and unrestricted access to their medical records.

The document serves as a charter of principles, delineating the rights and responsibilities of patients, healthcare providers and the regulatory body. This approach fosters a culture of transparency, accountability and patient-centric care.

The explicit articulation of patients’ rights provides a solid foundation for addressing complaints and seeking redress in cases where these rights are violated.

The agency has become a responsive adjudicator in health- care-related disputes, ensuring that patients have a dedicated channel for seeking justice when needed.

Moreover, beyond healthcare, Irukera’s leadership at the FCCPC has been marked by strategic initiatives and impactful interventions in other sectors.

In the digital finance landscape, the FCCPC has taken proactive measures against unregistered digital money lenders.

The agency’s release of a comprehensive list of illegal loan apps, coupled with the delisting of some applications from the Google Play Store, demonstrates a resolute commitment to protecting Nigerian consumers in the ever-evolving digital space.

This commitment extends globally through strategic collaborations with tech entities like Google Play. The FC- CPC demands evidence of compliance from digital lenders, reinforcing countability and consumer protection standards in the dynamic digital financial sector. This proactive stance not only safeguards consumers but also contributes to the integrity and stability of the digital finance land- scape, fostering trust and confidence among users.

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