Experts decry increasing redundancy in food sector

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By:Kazeem Biriowo

Experts under the aegis of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association(FOBTOB) on Monday, decried the increasing cases of redundancy in the food sector.

They said members may start losing their jobs if this persists

The Association’s President, Quadri Olaleye stated this during the commissioning of (FOBTOB) Hostel Project 3, a 42-room hostel for students at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.

According to him, factors like foreign exchange, border closure among others was a contributing factor to the challenge.

He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the unavailability of foreign exchange, low sales, high cost of production, border closure for over a year and difficult operating environment have brought about redundancy in the sector as employers can no longer cope with meeting demands of the workforce.

“For now I have more than five companies that sent a letter to us that they want to carry out redundancy and we have started negotiations.

“I also have a lot of witch-hunting cases. We are battling with this and if necessary we are going to call the attention of the Ministry of Labour to intervene.

“Our employers complain that forex is not available because production has gone up and the operational environment is so difficult that they cannot sell their products, coupled with the fact that the border had been closed more than a year now, which is affecting sales of products.

“As a result of that, they said they need to shed weight on the number of employees.”

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