In a bid to improve its internally generated revenue, the Kogi state government, through the ministry of commerce and industry, has introduced a levy on every loaf of bread baked in the state.
In a memo signed by ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Usman Ibrahim, and addressed to the chairperson, Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Kogi State branch, the collection of the levy will start from November 16, 2020.
The memo sent to bakers in state explained that that Ministry of Commerce and Industry has appointed Musag Enterprises as the consultant to generate revenue for the state government from bakeries.
The memo reads:
“We write to introduce the above mentioned as the Consultant appointed by the Kogi State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to collect the above-mentioned levy from all Master Bakers and Caterers doing business in and across Kogi State.
“You are, therefore, required to avail them all necessary cooperation to enable them to carry out their assignment.
“The above-mentioned levy is to be paid per loaf of bread or other confectioneries products produced per day.
“Please do comply with this policy to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State for the provision of better services and good governance.
“The collection of this levy shall take effect seven (7) days from the date of receipt of this letter. You are expected to communicate this information to all your members.
“Have the assurance of our esteemed regards.”