The Kogi State Government has imposed a levy on every loaf of bread sold in the State, a move the government insisted is aimed at protecting local bread producers.
This was disclosed by Kingsley Fanwo, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, as he sought to clarify the public on why the Governor Bello-led Government took such steps.
Fanwo said, “The recent letter was one of our strategies at protecting our indigenous bakers and also 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.”
“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.”