Federal and state governments have been called upon to support members of the Master Bakers and Caterers Association of Nigeria with facilities, particularly soft loans to enable them expand and standardise the industry.
Chairman of the Kogi chapter of the association, Chief Gabriel Bamidele made the call at the inauguration of newly elected executive members on Monday in Lokoja.
Bamidele said such soft loans would enhance development of the industry, enable economic growth and expansion of businesses, as well as generation of employment opportunities in the society.
The master bakers’ chairman also implored the state government to review the various revenues being charged bakers and bakeries in the state.
Bamidele commended the North-East zonal coordinator of the association for the allocation of bakery equipment to members of the association across the country.
He appealed to the national body to sustain its efforts at retrieving flour mills fund meant to assist bakery industries.
Chief Bamidele, who was elected chairman of the association for the second time, solicited for more support from members, urging them to improve on the standard of bakery products.
He said that the industry was a competitive one where members had to be abreast with modern trends in the industry using modern technology to attain international standards.
The chairman commended Governor Idris Wada’s administration and security agencies in the state for the relative peace in the state and the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
The newly elected officials were sworn-in by Mr Kola Tolufashe, the association’s legal adviser, and witnessed by representatives of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON.

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