'Aljazeera' Shut Down In Borno
Sometimes where issues of small-scale businesses’ growth are raised in Nigeria, people see the environment as a tough one that kills businesses like a scotching sun kills grass in the harmattan.
This time, 24 bakeries are out of business in Borno State, a place reeling from the grip of insurgents that terrorised some of its communities for more than eight years.
Aljazeera Bakery is one of those that were shut down.
It is not always the nature of the nation that kills businesses as can been seen in the testimonies of an official of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The Coordinator of the agency in Borno, Mr Nasiru Mato, told reporters in Maiduguri that the 24 bakeries in Maiduguri were shut for operating without licences, making the people eat unwholesome breads.
Mr Mato explained that the bakeries were sealed sequel to non-compliance with standard operational guidelines and failure to renew their licences.
Poor sanitation and lack of good hygiene practices also contributed to why they were shutdown.
Nurul Aini, Nice Bread, D Boss, Save the Nation, Albarka, Ever-Nice and Aljazeera, among others were the bakeries sealed.
"Some of them are not registered by NAFDAC; they operate with fake label, product name and addresses.
"We have about 300 bakeries in the state, we embarked on comprehensive campaign to ensure that they comply with our guidelines in order to check circulation of unwholesome products and protect public health," the coordinator added.