It has now become a risk to sell adulterated products in Lagos as the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola has given his assent to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency Bill.
The aim of the law is to ensure that goods that are put in the market for sale are fit for the purpose for which they are sold.
The law which is to protect consumers and ensure they get value for their money takes off with immediate effect.
The Lagos State Governor stated that consumers must be able to seek relief or remedy against manufacturers who sell goods that are substandard, he further stated that the Government has deemed it proper to give support to the people against erring manufacturers.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos, Mr Ade Ipaye said the new law is made so that it does not affect any right that a consumer may have under any other law.
The new law is conferred with the powers of a corporate body and would have representatives of the Ministries of Health, Commerce and Industry.
The law is also said to have given power to Government agency to publicize banned, withdrawn, restricted or unapproved products and cause offending businesses to compensate their consumers and also has the powers to apply to court where necessary to stop the circulation of hazardous products.
Under the new law offenders shall be liable on first conviction to a fine of 500,000 naira or 3 months imprisonment, while subsequent conviction attracts a fine of 750,000 naira or 6 months imprisonment.
The need to sign the law stems from serious complains and health hazard the people encounter with the use of fake products and the need for the Government to protect them.
Lagos State is making statements as it sets to make laws that safeguard the health of the people.
Barely some months ago the Lagos Government made a law banning smoking in public places.