… As Osinbajo says FG proud of NAPTIP’s achievements***
Some residents of Kubwa on Wednesday decried the high cost of bread, one of Nigeria’s staple food.
The residents who spoke to the newsmen said it was unfortunate that `bread which used to be poor man’s food now seems to be only for the rich.
Mr Alabi Oluwatosin, the acting manager of American Snacks, located at Kubwa, attributed the increase in the price of bread to inflation.
“Many citizens depend on bread for their daily survival unfortunately due to it is becoming increasingly expensive for them.
“One of the challenges we the bakers face today is dealing with the prices of goods in the market.
“We now buy flour at the cost of N28, 000 per bag as against N22, 000 per bag last year.
“The prices of other ingredients used in baking bread such as sugar, butter, yeast and milk are on the high side, ” he said.
According to him presently bakers were not making profits as inflation erodes what should have been their profits.
Miss Deborah Oluwafemi, a consumer, told newsmen at the present rate of increase in price, the bread will soon be out of the reach of civil servants.
“An average loaf of bread costs N800 compared to when it was sold at N400.
It is not nice, the economy is bad and people’s salaries aren’t increasing,” she said.
Mr Mmerichukwu Otuechere, a baker told newsmen that his business had not been moving well following the continued rise in the cost of baking materials.
“Honestly, we in the bakery industry are not finding things easy.
We are therefore calling on the Federal Government to come to our aid
“Many bakers will soon go out of business due to high cost of materials we use in baking.
“I used to make some profits in this business but now I can hardly recover my expenditure after sales, not to talk of making profits.
“ Before I employed five persons in this business but now I retained only two persons because I cannot afford their salaries,” Otuechere said.
In another development, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is proud of the achievements recorded so far by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP).
Osinbajo said this in Abuja at the closing of NAPTIP’s one-week celebration of the 2022 World Day against Human Trafficking organized by the agency in collaboration with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.
Represented by Adeola Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President in the Office of the Vice President, Osinbajo called on the youths to make the change even where they had hitherto fallen short.
Osinbajo also said it was on record that the Federal Government had continued to deploy the necessary political will in the fight against human trafficking by providing direction and support to NAPTIP.
“As a government, we are proud of the achievements already recorded by NAPTIP, her partners and other stakeholders but I am here to urge that we all must do more.
” I am persuaded that with more support from everyone including the private sector as already evident in this year’s collaboration, more will be achieved and Nigeria and the world will be better for it.
“It is on record that this administration has continued to deploy the necessary political will in the fight against human trafficking by providing the direction and support to NAPTIP and other critical stakeholders to make Nigeria a human trafficking-free nation,” he said.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said the agency, since its inception, had secured 530 convictions, with 36 in 2022.
Waziri-Azi said the theme, “Use and Abuse of Technology,’’ was apt, adding that it underscored the dynamism of the crime of human trafficking and the growing use of online interactions as an efficient enabler.
The NAPTIP boss said that while technology was frequently misused to facilitate trafficking in persons, its positive use helped in combating trafficking and supporting anti-trafficking work.
The Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour also commended NAPTIP and other partners for the elevation of Nigeria to Tier 2 in the 2021 Trafficking in person report.