The Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria, PBAN, a newly-registered Association comprising Owners/Managing Directors/Partners of Premium Bakeries in Nigeria has announced its intention to collaborate with stakeholders to take the bread industry to greater heights.
The body made this known yesterday during its inaugural meeting with members of the press at Sojourner by Genesis, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
While addressing members of the press, President of PBAN, Tosan Jemide said that it was a time the association announced its presence in the bread-making value chain in Nigeria.
He said, “We intend to collaborate with regulatory agencies in the food and beverage sub-sector of the economy, flour millers, sugar refiners, bread and confectioneries distributors, manufacturers and importers of baking materials, bread consumers and other relevant stakeholders to take the industry to a greater height. We also intend to work with the relevant authorities and stakeholders in the cassava flour project, which seems to have lost some steam.
“PBAN will pay particular attention to the quality of the bread her members produce for public consumption by working with NAFDAC and other regulatory bodies to ascertain the quality of what we churn out into the market. We shall ensure quality assurance with consumers’ health being paramount in our mind,” he said.
The president added that the body will ensure that the equipment used by its members is in line with international best practices and will comply with every extant environment and safety regulations to forestall emission of carbon into the atmosphere thereby helping to control ozone layer depletion.
In addressing concerns over health issues that arise from the use of harmful ingredients like bromated, the president said: “PBAN will build synergy with relevant stakeholders in the bakery industry in Nigeria and ensure there is no dumping of unwholesome baking materials that will constitute health hazard to Nigerians by partnering with NAFDAC, SON, Federal, State and Local government agencies to expose individuals or organisations who choose to undercut and circumvent the system for personal gains.
“PBAN boasts of very knowledgeable, well-educated and highly exposed self-starting entrepreneurs coming from diverse fields of endeavour, with a strong desire to grow a world-class and globally-acclaimed bread and bakery industry here in Nigeria.
“We will strive to professionalise the workforce in the Premium Bread-making industry by training and re-training staff in modern, safe and healthy ways of baking bread.
“We will engage critical stakeholders in the bread-making value chain on behalf of her members to ensure they get a fair deal in the pricing of baking materials for the sustainability of the industry,” he concluded.