August 9, 2022

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Bread Scarcity: Bakers Threaten Strike Over Rising Cost of Flour and Sugar

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Bread Scarcity: Bakers Threaten Strike Over Rising Cost of Flour and Sugar

The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has threatened to stop providing services across the country due to an increase in the cost of bakery supplies, the federal government’s indifference, and regulatory bodies’ extortion.

This was stated by the group on Friday in a statement following an Abuja meeting of its national executive council.

The bakers announced they would begin a two-week initial strike on July 13, 2022 in a statement signed by the association’s executives, including Mansur Umar, the national president.

They said that the price of ingredients used in bakeries, such as flour and sugar, had increased to levels that were out of many bakers’ price ranges.

The group also claimed that attempts to convince the government to take action in the situation had failed since the relevant ministries, divisions, and agencies (MDAs) had not responded favorably.

“Price increases for bakery supplies, particularly flour and sugar, have reached historic heights, with flour currently costing between N25,000 and N27,500, as well as other ingredients,” the statement adds.

“After more than a year, the National Wheat Cultivation Committee has not yet been officially established. By imposing exorbitant taxes on our members even at this extremely difficult time, NAFDAC, SON, and NESREA have converted bakers into money-making machines.

As a result, the NEC in session decided that all of our association’s zones, states, Local Governments, and units should start fully mobilizing their memberships countrywide in order to start withdrawing services on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, for a two-week initial phase.

However, the association advised its members to wait for additional instructions.

Bakers reported in March that many of their members across the nation had to stop operating their businesses due to the increase in the price of diesel and exchange rate instability.

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