Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN), Lagos State chapter, has spoken out on the alleged authorized increase in the price of bread from the prevailing prices in the state.
Olajumoke the famous Lagos bread seller
As bread consumers in Lagos State continue to lament on the recently reported price increase in the popular product, the Lagos State chapter of the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN), has said it never authorised an increase in the price of bread from the prevailing prices in the state.
According to DailySun, some residents of Lagos disclosed that the prices of bread were increased by 10% from N200 to N250 and N300 respectively, while the unsliced one popularly known as ‘Agege bread’ moved from N100 to N120 and N150 and others from N150 to N200 and N220 depending on the size.
The Chairman of AMBCN in Lagos state, Prince Jacob Adejorin, who spoke with a correspondent said the association has not in any way increased the price of bread in the state because of cassava inclusion, as the association is still managing the situation.
“I, as the Chairman of Lagos State Master Bakers, has not increased the price of bread in Lagos State and I will not do soon. Anybody that increases the price of bread is not including cassava flour in bread making contrary to the Federal Government policy. Government needs to stop some people who are making bread in their homes from selling to people at any price they wished as some of them contain bromate, which is poisonous to health,”he said.
He said those who increased the price of bread in the state are not members of Master Bakers Association as all members of AMBCN in Lagos state are registered with NAFDAC and use cassava inclusion in bread making.
Speaking on cassava inclusion compliance, he said the association has cried out to the Federal Government for inclusion into the a-day-meal scheme that bakers’ cassava bread should be introduced to students. He urged government and its agencies like NAFDAC to encourage anybody who desires to set up baking business to register with the Association of Master Bakers of Nigeria.
“The lawyers have Law School where they can practice, ICAN members also have where they practice, not to talk of the edible food that people are going to eat. Something that people are to eat should be under control. There must be an association like master bakers through Lagos State; even NAFDAC should ask those who are starting baking business to produce their certificate of membership before giving them NAFDAC registration paper,"Adejorin explained.