Edmund Abu: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2019:
The Native Consortium and Research Center (NCRC) has noted the serious effect of the scarcity of consumers in Freetown. We have observed that bread bakers and their unions are calling for strike action in the price of flour.
This has affected Sierra Leoneans who look at bread as their staple food. We call on the ministry of finance to speedily solve this issue with minimum delay.
The NCRC participated in the recent 2019 Budget discussion, and we noted the fiscal move made by the finance minister to slash tariff on flour (Photo: Edmund Abu). But we expected this price to be reduced to a breadth of bread. But this has not been the case.
Whilst we appreciate the decision of the government to reduce tax, what we want now is for the government to investigate this issue.
The NCRC wants to urge the bakers to be patient and put their case before the government.
The NCRC also believes that the bakers have spoken, they must now face the government to path-find solutions.
As a consumer protection and economic justice institution, the NCRC does not believe that poor consumers should suffer over the hike in flour price; nor should the bread scarcity issue be trivialised.
Above all, the NCRC calls on government to treat this issue with the utmost seriousness it deserves.
About the author
Edmond Abu Jnr is the Executive Director of the Native Consortium & Research Center (NCRC).