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Nigeria: Bakers threaten strike over increasing costs of flour, sugar, others

*The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria condemns the hikes in costs of flour, sugar and other materials used in the bakery business besides alleged Federal Government’s negect and extortions by its regulatory agencies

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following hikes in prices of bakery materials, and alleged neglect by the Federal Government and fleecing by regulatory agencies, the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has threatened to withdraw their services throughout the West African country effective July 13, 2022.

ConsumerConnect reports the association noted this development Friday, June 24 in a communiqué issued after a meeting of its National Executive Council, in Abuja, FCT.

The association’s executives, led by Mansur Umar, National President, in the statement, said they would commence an initial two-week strike from Wednesday, July 13.

The bakers also stated the costs of flour, sugar and other materials used in the bakery business had soared beyond the reach of many bakers.

The group also said efforts at getting the government’s intervention in the matter had been unsuccessful, as there had been no positive response from the concerned Ministries, Departments And Agencies (MDAs) of government.

The communique further noted: “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.

AMBCN said: “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, told its members to await further directives.

In March, bakers complained that the hike in diesel price and exchange rate volatility caused many of its members across the country to shut down their business operations.

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