Bread producers are set to go on industrial action as they gave a four-day warning strike notice the government over the rising cost of baking materials.
The bread producers under under the aegis of Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria (PBAN) warned that the duration of the strike action will be extended if the government fails to intervene promptly.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Babalola Thomas, lamented that their bakeries are incurring a huge losses because of continuous increase in baking materials and diesel.
Noting that operating in an economic hostile environment is counter-productive, he said: “Bread is a staple food and one of the cheapest ‘grab and go’ food that is available for both the poor and rich. It, therefore, behoves the Federal Government to be mindful of this and ensure the survival and sustainability of the industry.
“In a move to ensure the survival of the premium bread making industry in Nigeria, we have decided to embark on a withdrawal of services beginning from Thursday 21st July 2022 for four days in the first instance and where no intervention from the government, we shall escalate the duration of the withdrawal.
“Our association is seeking the government’s intervention to stop the 15 per cent development levy on wheat import.
“We also request NAFDAC to review downwards the 154,000 naira penalty charged bakeries on late renewal of certificates.”