Economic hardship: Bakers threaten nationwide strike
IDRIS AHMED, Lokoja
The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, has threatened to suspend production of all bakery products in view of the economic downturn occasioned by the general upsurge of prices of essential businesses and commodities.
Kogi State Chairman of the Association, Chief Adeniyi Bamidele Gabriel, disclosed at a press conference held at Kenwon Hotel Lokoja, that all bakery products will be off the markets following the inability of the government to address the unending hardship and soaring prices of essential businesses and cost of living.
According to Chief Gabriel, the association is demanding the liberalization of Sugar and flour importation to enable the industry serve the people better at low cost.
The Bakers also demand immediate reduction or total removal of import duties on major baking materials, such as flour sugar, butter, and yeast as applicable to other commodities recently announced by the Federal Government.
While frowning on the government’s inability to encourage development and cultivation and processing of wheat and sugar, however asked the federal government to provide concession on Forex exchange to flour millers and other stakeholders and to reduce the tariff on imported wheat and sugar.
The Bakers noted with dismay that the providers of succour to the populace are being over taxed multiply without recourse for services, and therefore demand the reversal of the injustice.
The Association of Bakers also said the government has frustrated its members by refusing to provide them with financial support or palliative during the dreaded Covid 19, as promised.
They urged Nigerians to cooperate and plead with the government to enable them serve humanity better