Bakers on strike in Nigeria

Bakers in Nigeria are reportedly turning off their ovens at midnight.

This to protest the rising cost of wheat flour and other products like diesel that are having an impact on their profits.

Members of one of the bakers’ unions are demanding government subsidies.

The president of the Premium Bread Makers Association, Emmanuel Onuarah, told the BBC that some bakeries had had to fire their staff as they were not able to pay salaries.

He however suggested that the government should stop charging a 15% tax on imported wheat – the price of which has already shot up this year because of the war in Ukraine.

The price of diesel, used for generators to power ovens in bakeries because of the country’s poor electricity supply, has also gone up.

The striking union also wants government to set a reasonable fee for renewing operating licenses.

The strike is meant to last for four days, but Onuarah says if the government does not take action about their complaints, bread makers will strike indefinitely.

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