The Association of Master Bakers and Caterer of Nigeria in Nigeria has threatened to go on a strike effective on July 13, 2022.
Okay.ng has learned that the union reached this decision over the soaring prices of flour, sugar and other accessories used in baking.
The union also accused the Nigerian government of alleged negligence over the matter.
In a communiqué, signed by the association’s executives, led by its National President, Mansur Umar, the communiqué stated that the council 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, however, noted that its “members should await further directives.”