Adulterated PMS: FCCPC moves to address consumer injury as investigation begins

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Thursday, said it has started a transparent process of investigations and consultations that will address demonstrated injury to affected consumers.

The affected consumers include owners of vehicles and associated machinery that were damaged as a result of dispense of adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in parts of the country.

Director General of the Commission, Babatunde Irukera in a statement, said the “Commission has become aware that a certain but limited quantity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) that does not comply with established, applicable, and prevailing standards has been distributed and sold in certain parts of the country.”

He said in the process of its initial investigative assessment, the FCCPC understands that consumers who purchased fuel that constitutes part of the consignment have experienced technical difficulties and damage to their vehicles or other relevant equipment.

Irukera disclosed that in furtherance of its investigation, and pursuant to relevant laws, the commission is currently engaging multiple regulators and entities relevant involved in the PMS distribution value chain.

According to the Director General, the purpose of ongoing engagements include addressing hardship which consumers may experience with respect to withdrawal of the implicated products from the market as well as securing assurance and promoting consumer confidence that supply constrains are addressed and will not persist.

He said the Commission is making efforts to ensure that the regulator’s recall effort under applicable laws and regulations including Petroleum Industry Act, 2021 and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2018 (FCCPA) sufficiently excludes continuing distribution of the implicated product.

He said the FCCPC also seeks to “encourage and promote additional and robust mechanisms to prevent reoccurrence” while developing a meaningful and transparent mechanism to address demonstrated injury to affected consumers.

“The Commission’s engagement with the key and relevant regulators/entities involved has been constructive and productive.”

“The Commission commends this responsiveness and prioritisation of ensuring continuity of supply, containment of implicated product and sensitivity to consumer dissatisfaction and inconvenience.”

The Director General assured that the Commission will continue its consultations, particularly with respect to a reasonable and acceptable mechanism to mitigate demonstrated injury and or loss experienced by consumers.

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