The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, has disclosed plans to sanction members of trade associations, guilty of anti-competitive practices and irrational increase in food prices.
This was disclosed by FCCPC CEO, Babatunde Irukera, at a forum organised by the commission to discuss fair food prices on Tuesday, July 18. This is coming after President Bola Tinubu declared food security as a national emergency last week.
Irukera stated that the sanctions became necessary as some trade unions have constituted cartels to engage in anti-competitive practices that have led to price gouging of basic food items.
“We will continue to monitor the market, and where we find that prices are excessive or find exploitative conduct, or find that consumers are being taken advantage of, we will intervene. One of the ways of intervening is unlocking the bottlenecks.
“That is what I just said, associations that come together to determine at what price beans should be sold, associations that come together to decide that nobody in a particular market should take yam, beans or rice from any other person except their members, we will proceed against them.
“Competition regulation and consumer protection is not only to regulate the big companies. It is not only to regulate the formal sector. It is also to regulate the informal sector. In a place like Nigeria, it is even more critical to find a strategy to regulate the informal sector because, at the end of the day the vast majority of our economy is informal.”