The Kogi state government has introduced a tax on every loaf of bread baked in the state.
The state Ministry of Commerce and Industry said the tax is aimed at improving internally generated revenue.
But the state chapter of the Association of Master Bakers and Catering of Nigeria (AMBCN) told TheCable on Thursday that bakers are against the tax.
An executive member of the association simply identified as Godfirst said the association has started moving to meet with the state consultant charged with collecting the fee.
Godfirst said they received a memorandum from the ministry imposing a tax payable “on each loaf of bread” produced.
“They sent us the letter that a consultant has been given the job of generating funds from the bakery to the state government; to generate revenue for (the) state government, ”he said.
“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 explanations ”.
He said bakers in the state are experiencing difficulties caused by the pandemic and will not be able to meet the new demand.
“We are not happy with that, there is currently no market. We face different kinds of challenges, and if now they ask us to pay another tax, we don’t know how we can deal with it, ”he said.
Kingsley Fanwo, the state information commissioner, was not available for comment when TheCable called his phone number.
Source: – The Cable