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Henceforth every loaf of bread baked in Kogi State should attract a levy. This, the state ministry of commerce and industry said, was introduced with the aim of improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
But the state chapter of the Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) reacted to the development on Thursday, saying that the bakers were against the levy.
An executive member of the association simply identified as Godfirst said the association had begun moves to meet with the consultant the state charged with collecting the fee adding that they received a memo from the ministry imposing a levy to be paid “on each loaf of bread” produced.
Said he: “The letter was sent to us that a consultant has been given the job to generate fund from bakery to state government; to generate revenue for the state government.
“We 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”.
He said bakers in the state were experiencing hardship occasioned by the pandemic and would not be able to meet the new demand.
Saud Godfirst: “We 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 don’t know how we can cope”.