Residents of Kogi State are to be taxed for eating bread as the government has contracted a consultant to levy every bread baked in the state.
According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the levy is to improve the State’s internally-generated revenue (IGR).
The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) an umbrella body for bakers in the state, made known that the bakers are against the levy.
One of the association’s members, Godfirst,disclosed that the association will meet with the consultant, noting that they received a memo from the ministry imposing a levy “on each loaf of bread” produced.
“The letter was sent to us that a consultant has been given the job to generate fund from bakery to state government.
“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.