The challenges of anti-competitive practices and consumer protection in Nigeria
Authors: Eric Omo Enakireru & Ogaga Wilson Ekakitie
Affiliations: Senior Lecturer, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, College of Law, Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria; Senior Lecturer, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, College of Law, Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria
Source: Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law & Practice, Volume 7 Issue 2, 2021, p. 152 – 167
This article critically examines the concepts and the challenges of price mechanisms, anti-competitive practices and consumer protection in Nigeria, and considers ways of promoting and protecting the interests of consumers in respect of products and services. The article evaluates and defines the concept of price mechanisms, and the concept of the consumer who needs to be protected. It discusses anticompetitive practices, such as monopolies, mergers and acquisitions, and restrictive trade practices, resale price maintenance agreements, misleading advertising, false sales and market values. It considers the protection of consumers and the legal frameworks applicable to the subject. In conclusion, the article recommends appropriate measures and a proactive, pragmatic approach to tackling the menace of false market sales and restrictive trade practices by calling on stakeholders and the government to regulate monopolies, mergers and uncompetitive business practices which are detrimental to the interests of the consumer. It calls for controls and restrictions on unfair trade practices and appropriate sanctions so that those who persistently prejudice consumers in this way are brought to book.