—–The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has launched the formation of CCPC clubs for schools in Northern Province.
The launch was made during a CCPC organised training workshop of 30 school heads and managers for secondary schools in the province which was held at Sinamu Lodge in Kasama yesterday.
Provincial Educational Officer representative, Justina Bwembya, said her office is happy that the CCPC has identified schools as an important medium to engage in the sensitisation and awareness on the new CCPC Act No. 24 of 2010.
Mrs Bwebya said this is because all the citizens, including school managers and pupils, are consumers of products and services provided by traders.
She noted that to enhance consumer awareness on a sustained basis, it was important to put young people, especially pupils, at the apex of the agenda because they are the next generation.
Mrs Bwembya told the school heads that all citizens had a responsibility in the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Protection Law.
She said the formation of CCPC school clubs should not be viewed as a mere exercise but as a journey to improving the trading and business landscape of Zambia and ultimate economic development.
Mrs Bwebya said unfair trading practices which are prohibited under the Act are experiences by consumers on a daily basis.
She further advised school managers to be cooperating partners in complementing government’s efforts in advancing the competition and consumer protection concerns.