Bread scarcity hits KM

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thousands of Gambians within the Kanifing Municipality are feeling the pinch of bread scarcity as bakers embark on sit-down-strike beginning Tuesday.

Those who spoken to this medium about how the lack of bread affects their livelihood cast blame on the Trade Ministry, saying they could have solved the matter.

Bakers have decided to do a sit-down-strike with the intention of forcing government to accept their demands by maintaining a loaf of bread at D7.

Speaking in an interview with The Point, Ablie Ceesay, a consumer from Bakoteh argued that this strike by bakers and bakery owners does not make sense at all, noting that the government has reduced the price of flour.

‘‘Sometimes people blame government for no reason. Why would they go on strike for something that has been made reasonable for them. Because they are foreigners and are given too much rights in the country; that is why they are acting like this,’’ he queried.

Adama Sabally another consumer from Sanchaba, acknowledged that this strike by the bakers is really affecting them, noting that government should call a meeting with the bakers to look for ways in resolving this matter.

According her, Gambian can survive even without bread but argued that the government and Ministry of Trade should be hold accountable if the situation is not resolved.

‘‘The government should always have mechanism on how to settle such situation without going for so long,’’ she said, noting that this issue of bread scarcity should not have been too long for government to settle.

Gibriel Saidy, also a bread consumer from Serekunda, also blamed the Gambia government for making people suffer, saying government should have a good mechanism to solve the issue. He also suggested that bakers should either reduce the price of bread or maintain the usual price of D7 per loaf.

The Ministry of Trade has earlier announced a 30 percent reduction in the price of 50kg flour bag and warned bakers to ensure that the new tariff reflects on the price of bread in the street.

Meanwhile, reports have it that authorities had a meeting yesterday with bakers in a bid to resolve the matter.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara