The bread makers’ four-day warning strike has been condemned by certain Enugu metropolitan residents who claim that the cost of the good has increased to an unsustainable level.
Residents in Enugu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the warning strike had a negative impact on many bread customers because it caused the price of the product to rise.
Following the Bakers Association of Nigeria’s strike, some bread vendors claimed that the price of bread had increased by 30%.
Samson Igwe, a bread vendor, predicted that due to the high cost of the ingredients used to make bread, prices would rise even more after the warning strike.
Despite the price rise, Mr. Igwe claimed he did not believe his clients would cease doing business with him because many people continued to consume bread on a daily basis.
“My customers will only reduce the number of loaves they buy but will find it difficult to do away with eating bread daily,” he said.
Under the condition of anonymity, a different bread vendor claimed that the price hike would change how many households prepared meals.
He claims that many families rely on bread for breakfast and between-meal snacking.
“With another rise in the price of bread, many families will find it difficult to feed,” he said. “Many have cut back on the number of loaves they purchase from me due to price increases.”
The cost of feeding many households would increase due to the strike, according to Nancy Okwuchi, an Achara Layout resident.
“When there is no food in the house, there are times when I make my kids bread and tea while they wait for me to cook.
“But with increase and further increase, it will be difficult to feed the children with bread as usual,” Mrs Okwuchi said.
Arthur Ude, a father of four, argued that while bread remained a staple item, he urged individuals in positions of power to secure the survival of bakeries around the nation.
According to NAN, the price of loaves of bread had increased by 30% before the warning strike notification, with loaves that were once sold for N300 now costing N400 and those that were once N100 costing N150.
The need to pressure the Federal Government to stop levying a 15 percent Wheat Development Levy on imported wheat was one of the main drivers behind the strike’s causes, as was the ongoing rise in the cost of baking supplies.
Others include the need that NAFDAC reduce the N154,000 penalty assessed to bakeries for renewing their licences late.
They also want members to have access to the grants and concessional loans that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) offers to Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs).
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