- Clarification has been made as to why Kogi state imposed a levy on bread
- The explanation was given on Friday, November 13, by the Kogi commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo
- Fanwo said the decision was taken to protect local bakers from external traders with the intention of taking over the market
After much outcry, the Kogi government has explained why it imposed a ley on every loaf of bread sold in the state.
The state's commissioner for communication and information, Kingsley Fanwo, clarified the decision was taken to protect local bakers from external sellers who try to take over the market and save the economy from persons who import bread into the state without paying a dime, Punch reports.
Fanwo made it clear that the decision was taken in reaction to the cries by local bakers from traders who are bent on imposing monopoly in the market.
The commissioner is of the opinion that as a responsible government, Kogi state fears that poor sales will definitely lead to the loss of job for indigenous bakers.
“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.
“We assure the Master Bakers of our open-door policy and our readiness to keep listening to them in order to smoothen relationships and factors aiding their production as bread consumers have nothing to fear.”
Earlier, the government imposed a levy on every single loaf of bread and confectionery produced in the state. Kogi government did not disclose the reason for the new levy.
The levy was imposed by the state’s ministry of commerce and industry on November 9.
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