By: Habila Darofai
The bread producers association and caterers of Nigeria threatened to embark on a Nationwide strike over the recent increase in price of bakery materials that has rendered the business non-profitable.
Bakers Association said there is no plan to increase bread price by 30%.and accused the Federal Government of turning a blind eye to the development.
This was contained in a communiqué issued by the Association of Master Bakers and Caterer of Nigeria on Friday, June 24, 2022, in Abuja, after the National Executive Council meeting of the association signed by its National President, Mansur Umar, stated that the bakers would withdraw services from July 13, 2022.
noted that the high cost of flour, sugar, and other materials used in bakery business has pushed many bakers to the brink.
The bakers revealed that attempts to get government’s intervention in the matter had proven abortive, as there had been no favourable response from the concerned ministries, departments and agencies of government.
The communiqué,, stated that the council reviewed the “neglect of the Federal Government in addressing the challenges facing our sector as captured in our letters acknowledged by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Ministry of Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria and unproductive intervention of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“Increase in prices of bakery materials especially flour and sugar having reached unprecedented levels, for example, flour is now between N25,000 and N27,500, so also other ingredients.
“The National Wheat Cultivation Committee already constituted is yet to be inaugurated after over one year. NAFDAC, SON, NESREA have turned the bakers into money making machine by charging our members outrageous levies even at this very challenging moment.
“Consequently, the NEC in session resolved that all zones, state, Local Governments and units of our association should commence full mobilisation of our members nationwide to embark on withdrawal of services starting from Wednesday July 13, 2022 for an initial period of two weeks.”
However, the association informed their members to wait for further directives on the matter regarding the strike action.
It was gathered that the recent hike in bakery materials has led to increase in the cost of bread and other items derived from flour which is affecting both the masses and bakery producers.