Bread levy: Kogi state govt queries permanent secretary

Bread levy: Kogi state govt queries permanent secretary

- The trending story about tax been imposed on each loaf of bread in Kogi state was recently debunked

- The state government has taken a step further to prosecute those behind the policy

- Already, the public official accused of promoting the policy has been queried

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The Kogi state government has served an official query to the permanent secretary, ministry of commerce and industry, Usman A. Ibrahim for official misconduct over the recent widely spread report of bread levy allegedly introduced by the state government.

The affected official was directed to respond within 24 hours to exculpate himself on why disciplinary action should not be taken for gross misconduct.

Bread levy: Kogi state govt queries permanent secretary
Governor Bello had earlier described the policy on bread levy as devilish. Photo credit: @LugardHouse
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Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello recently expressed displeasure with news that his administration has imposed a tax on individual loaves of bread to be paid by bakeries and bread sellers in the state.

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The governor denied the news making the rounds through his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, who released a statement on the issue on Saturday, November 14.

Governor Bello recently appealed for federal government support in the areas of establishing an airport in Kogi as well as the dredging of River Niger up to Lokoja in order to boost the economy of the state and the country at large.

He disclosed this to journalists attached to the Aso Villa on Tuesday, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. Governor Bello exchanging pleasantries with the president during his visit.

His words:

“I paid a visit to the president to brief him about the confluence state, the development and challenges we are facing and also to convey a message form the people of Kogi state that the social bond between the government and the governed is still very strong.

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“I also made a demand to the president that he should please ensure that the pronounced airport to be established in Kogi state be looked into when funds would be released, let Kogi be the first.
“I also drew the president’s attention to the dredging of River Niger from the high sea to Lokoja, up to Baro if actually, we want the economy of this country and of the north to prosper.”

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