The Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (GCCPC) November 28, 2017 concluded a nationwide sensitization tour. The aim of the eight days tour was to sensitize the general public, particularly those in rural Gambia on the roles and mandates of the commission.
The team spent two days in each region for a two-part event. The first day saw a meeting with representatives of the governor’s office, district chiefs and members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Participants were trained on the Competition Act 2007, the Consumer Protection Act 2014, and The Essential Commodities Act 2015. Participants were availed the opportunity to ask questions and expound on areas of concern.
Pa Ceesay, CEO of Soma Area Council, said he was not aware of the existence of such a commission. His office had encountered consumer protection issues before but did not know the right avenue to lodge a complaint.
Amadou Jallow, NANA, hailed the commission for reaching out to those in the provinces. He added that the commission should be engaged in more outreach programs.
Mustapha S Colley, Women’s Bureau, suggested that the commission should have officers in the provinces or liaise with other people on the ground to handle competition and consumer protection issues.
Lamin Bojang, the Director of the Competition Department assured the gathering that their suggestions are important to the commission, one of the reasons that necessitated the tour; and that is to hear from people.
On the second day in each region, the team held a one hour radio programme on the region’s community radios to sensitize those who were not opportune to attend the meeting. This was followed by a caravan targeting homes, businesses, markets and busy intersections.