Anambra master bakers cry out over cost of operations

“The association will embark on total withdrawal of its services from Feb. 27 which might not go well with the economy of the nation,”

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Anambra master bakers cry out over cost of operations
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Association of Mater Bakers And Caterers of Nigeria (AMICN) has decried the high cost of doing business and begged the federal government to rescue the sector.

The Anambra Chapter of the association made the call during their protest to  Government House, Awka, on Tuesday.

Bakers lament high cost of baking materials will cripple business

Mr Jude Okafor, Chairman of the chapter who led the protest, said Master Bakers may embark on indefinite suspension of operations by Feb. 27 if the situation did not improve.

Okafor said the decision followed a review of the cost of operations, including high prices of baking materials such as Flour, Sugar, Yeast, Vegetable as well as diesel and multiple taxes.

As part of measures to ease the situation, AMICN called for the liberalisation of flour and sugar importation and removal of multiple taxation at the federal, state and local government levels.

They urged Gov. Chukwuma Soludo to prevail on the Federal Government to reduce or outrightly remove import duties on major baking materials

“We ask for concessionary foreign exchange rates for flour millers and cultivation and processing of wheat and sugarcane in Nigeria

“We also ask for the immediate implementation of financial support palliatives for bakers as promised under post COVID-19 support programmes for for bakers who have lost over 40 per cent of their members

“The association will embark on total withdrawal of its services from Feb. 27 which might not go well with the economy of the nation,” he said.

Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, Chief of Staff to Soludo who addressed them, commended their peaceful conduct.

Ezeajughi, who assured that the administration of Soludo was making the businesses environment in Anambra better through his people-friendly policies, promised to deliver their message to the governor.