Kogi state imposes levy on every loaf of bread sold

 

The government of Kogi State has imposed a compulsory levy on every loaf of bread sold in the state. In a public statement made last Friday, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo disclosed this and tried to explain the reason for the action.


The Commissioner stated frankly that the initiative is to protect indigenous bakers from ‘who brought bread to the state without paying any form of levy’.


In a statement titled “The Facts about the Bakery Levies”, Commissioner Fanwo said, “The recent letter was one of our strategies at protecting our indigenous bakers and also protect our economy from the activities of bakers outside the state who bring their bread to the state without paying any form of levy. No responsible government will sit and watch her indigenous businesses lose the local market. Our indigenous bakers have complained bitterly about the activities of external bakers who parked their bread to the state without paying anything to the state”.

He further alleged, ‘Poor sales by our bakers may be lead to job losses, a situation we are determined to end.”

What does it signify by levying every loaf of bread in your state?

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