Soaring prices: Bread producers vow to embark on strike July 13

Following the unrelenting uptick in the prices of bakery materials, the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria has vowed to proceed on strike July 13 across the country.

Prices of bread, a common staple for breakfast on Nigerians table have been on the rise for a period of time now.

Consumers who spoke with Blueprint are angry that, the prices kept rising on daily basis, saying the price one buys the commodity today changes the next day.

A Ghanaian said, it is unfortunate that, the highest currency in the land (N1,000) cannot buy a mere bread.
The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria made their decision known weekend in a communiqué issued on Friday.

According to the Association, prices of sugar, flour and other production inputs used in the bakery business had increased beyond the reach of many producers.

This is not surprising given Nigeria’s latest consumer price index report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The report showed inflation grew at 17.71 per cent in the month of May, the fastest rate of increase in 11 months.

In the report, the NBS attributed the increase in the headline inflation to jump in the prices of bread and cereals, food products, etc.

In the communiqué signed by Mansur Umar, National President and other executives, the association said its National Executive Council (NEC) 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.”

The association, however, urged its “members should await further directives.”

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