“Save Us” – Nigerian Bakers Lament To FG, BUA Group And Others Are Killing Our Business

The Abuja-based Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has urged the federal government to intervene in the recent increase in the price of flour by BUA Group – IRS Flour Mill (owned by billionaire Abdulsamad Rabiu), Super Four Mill, and Golden Confectionery, claiming that the hike is killing their businesses and may result in the abolition of many jobs if no action is taken.

The National publicity secretary, Kabiru Hassan Abdullahi said in an exclusive chat that the price of flour was N9,500 not long ago but currently it is priced as N16,200.

He said;

“The federal government should please come to our aid. The hike is killing our businesses and it’s sad they have refused to do anything about it. “The increment is over 50 per cent and it’s even more saddening because even with the dollar exchange rate of N1 to over N500, we still bought flour at same N9,500; but why is it now that the rate has dropped that they increasing the price? This is pure wickedness.

“What Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group, IRS, super and golden confectionery are doing is unhealthy for us and the Nigerian economy. In fact, they are planning to increase it again by N7, 000. Can you can imagine?

“One thing they should know is that if we are scrapped out of the market, the rate of unemployment in the country will double up because many in their thousands will lose their jobs. “We are still meeting and as things stand, we may have no choice than to embark on an indefinite strike.

According to reports, bread makers and the Gurasa Bakers Association of Kano state have threatened to go on indefinite strike if the flour businesses (BUA Group – IRS, Super Mill, and Golden Confectionery) do not lower the price of flour. Gurasa is a flour-based Kano indigenous local bread that is popular among Hausa people in the state.

According to Fatima Auwalu, the chairperson of the Gurasa Bakers Association, nothing has changed since they called off the warning strike; contrary, it is increasing day by day, compelling them to go on indefinite strike until authorities and stakeholders respond. She went on to claim that, in addition to the price increase for flour, the product’s quality has deteriorated, and that “this has badly damaged our business.”

Source: newzandar.com

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