Due to the Nigerian government’s indifference and the enormous rise in the cost of baking supplies, bakeries and caterers, on Friday, threatened to stop offering their services across the country.
In a statement released by their national organization, the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, the bakeries said that the price of wheat, sugar, and other ingredients required in the bread industry had skyrocketed beyond the means of many bakers.
The communique, which was released following the association’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, and made accessible to newsmen on Friday, indicated that the bakers will halt all operations starting from July 13, 2022.
The bakers also disclosed that attempts to gain government action in the situation had failed since there had been no encouraging response from the relevant ministries, departments, and government organizations.
According to the communiqué signed by the bakers association’s executives, led by its National President, Mansur Umar, the council discussed 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 further directed that its “members should await further directives.”