The Kogi State government has submitted that it imposed tax on bread production in the state so as to protect local producers of the commodity.
The State Commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo in a statement on Friday following the uproar that greeted the news that the state government has placed a levy on every loaf of bread in the state, explained that indigenous producers need to be protected from those who bring in truckloads of bread from other states into Kogi for sale.
He added that the move is also part of government efforts to protect the economy of the state as those who bring in the bread from other states do not pay anything to Kogi State.
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 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.
The Commissioner assured that master bakers in the state, as well as consumers, have nothing to fear as the government will continue to dialogue with them.
“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,” he added.
Source: Naija News