Speaking on a news item, Kogi State Introduces Levy On Every Loaf Of Bread: Hon. Kingsley Fanwo, Commissioner for Information on his tweeter handle titiled, ” The Fact of the matter on THE BAKERY LEVIES, He said: “We have seen and read news reports about a letter from a consultant engaged by the Kogi State Government to collect bakery levies. Let us place on record that the levies are not new. Indigenous bakeries have been paying all their levies
As a Government, we have put in place tax relief measures to check those who bring their bread to the State without paying any form of levy. No responsible Government will sit by and watch her indigenous businesses lose the local market.
Our indigenous bakers have complained bitterly about the activities of external bakers who
packed their bread to the State in trucks and sell without paying anything to the State Government.
Poor sales by our bakers may lead to job losses, a situation we are determined to use legitimate means to avert.
Our indigenous bakers have complained bitterly about the activities of external bakers who packed to the State Government in compliance to our revenue law.
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…
Godfirst said they received a memo from the ministry imposing a levy to be paid “on each loaf of bread” produced.
“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.”
“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,” he said.