HARDSHIPS NIGERIANS are facing is to be compounded by the threat of Bread Makers and Caterers to embark on a two-week strike.
The strike is to commence from July 13, 2022, due to a hike in the prices of baking materials.
This was disclosed by the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, AMBCN in a communiqué signed by the association’s executives, led by Mansur Umar, its National President, after a meeting of its National Executive Council in Abuja.
According to the statement, the group will embark on the strike if the Federal Government does not give the necessary attention to their demands.
“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, and NESREA have turned the bakers into money-making machines 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.”
It added that the cost of flour, sugar and other materials used in the bakery business had soared beyond the reach of many bakers.
The group also pointed out that all attempts to get the government’s intervention on the issue had been to no avail, as there had been no positive response..