Breaking: Kogi Gov, Bello speaks on bread loaf tax

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The Kogi state chapter of the Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has began moves to meet with the consultant the state charged with collecting the fee.

Nigerians have been left shocked after the Kogi state government introduced a tax on every loaf of bread baked in the state.

Kogi govt introduces tax on every loaf of bread

Bakers are against the new levy, though the state government claims the move is aimed at improving the internally generated revenue of the state.

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The ministry made the introduction on November 9, through a memo signed by the Commissionerโ€™s Permanent Secretary, Usman Ibrahim.

The memo was addressed to the chairperson, Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Kogi State branch. The collection of the levy will start from November 16, 2020. The memo read;

โ€œWe write to introduce the above mentioned as the Consultant appointed by the Kogi State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to collect the above-mentioned levy from all Master Bakers and Caterers doing business in and across Kogi State.

โ€œYou are, therefore, required to avail them all necessary cooperation to enable them to carry out their assignment.

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โ€œThe above-mentioned levy is to be paid per loaf of bread or other confectioneries products produced per day.

โ€œPlease do comply with this policy to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State for the provision of better services and good governance.

โ€œThe collection of this levy shall take effect seven (7) days from the date of receipt of this letter. You are expected to communicate this information to all your members.

โ€œHave the assurance of our esteemed regards.โ€

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An executive member of the association simply identified as Godfirst said;

โ€œThe letter was sent to us that a consultant has been given the job to generate fund from bakery to state government; to generate revenue to (for the) state government,โ€ he said.

โ€œWe are trying to meet with the consultant but we have not been able to meet with him. We want to meet with him to give us more explanation.โ€

โ€œWe are not happy about it, presently there is no market. We are facing different types of challenges, and if they are now asking us to pay another tax, we donโ€™t know how we can cope.โ€


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