Edo moves to halt bread scarcity
Edo State Government has begun moves to end scarcity of bread in the state following the strike actions embarked by bakers in the state.
Prices of bread as a result of the strike has risen in the state by over 50% with bread formally sold for N200 now going for N300 and above.
In a meeting with the Master Bakers and bread distributors, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Abdul Oroh said steps were being taken to reverse the hike in prices of bread.
Oroh urged the Masters Bakers to resume full production of bread and assured that the state government would consider issues of multiple taxation raised by the bakers.
Chairman of Masters Bakers Association, Mr. Agbonze Benjamin, listed multiple taxation harassment by government agents and high cost of ingredients as reasons for the hike in prices of bread.
Agbonze said the prices of bread would be revisited to make bread affordable if the state government addressed issues raised by the association.
Chairman of Edo State Bakers Association, Deacon Nosakhare Eghobamien, said the increase in prices of bread was inevitable because of the increasing price of production.