Bread scarcity hits Kwara as bakers down tools

The Bauchi State chapter of Association of Master Bakers says the rising cost of production of bread might force it to increase the price of the product by 20 per cent.

The strike embarked upon by the Kwara State chapter of the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBC) has resulted in the scarcity of bread in the state.

The strike, which began weekend, it was gathered, was to protest the high cost of production due to a shortage of flour.

The bakers are also calling for an increase in the supply of flour from producing companies.

Many residents of Ilorin, especially those who consume bread daily, have been forced to chose alternatives following the development.

A trader who operates a shop close to the Mandate market, Ilorin, Ummu Sa’ad, told newsmen that the bakers have long complained of the high cost of flour before the latest decision.

She added that the development might trigger an increase in the price of bread in the state.

Responding to the issue, the Kwara state chairman of AMBC, Alh. Abdulfatahi Alaba, who confirmed the strike said the cost of producing bread, cakes and allied foods in Kwara has been affected by the price surge of flour and sugar.

The baker’s boss also lamented the incessant and arbitrary increase in the cost of flour by millers without prior meeting with stakeholders and shortfall in the supply to the state.

“Kwarans should cooperate with us in this struggle. The strike is not meant to bring untold hardship to our esteemed customers. Our demands have not been met over time as many bakeries have closed in Ilorin. We are running at a loss,” Alaba added.

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