By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU— MEMBERS of Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, AMBCN, have lamented imposition of multiple taxation by various state governments in the zone.

They said the situation had remained a serious cog in the wheel of the bakery industry.

The group also identified policy inconsistency by government as another major challenge confronting the industry in Nigeria.

Newly elected zonal chairman of AMBCN, Comrade Edmond Egbuji, while fielding questions from newsmen in Enugu, regretted that successive and present administrations in the region had made business environment hostile for its members via multiple taxation and other unfriendly economic policies.

According to him, most of the states in the zone always use faceless task force to harass and intimidate her members in the name of carrying out internally generated revenue, IGR, drive, stressing that “over taxation has remained our bane in this industry.”

Egbuji, who called on the Federal Government to take the issue of flour pricing regulation very seriously, noted that due to inconsistency in government, the 20 per cent cassava inclusion in bread baking policy initiated by the last administration, aimed at promoting local content, is now history.

“We want to use this medium to appeal to governments to have a rethink on the issue of multiple taxation, especially the use of faceless task force to harass our members always,” he pleaded.

The zonal chairman  equally pointed out that  high cost of flour and sugar had continued to bite hard on the industry, “because it  affects quality and price of our products.”

He disclosed that following the harsh business environment in parts of the zone, a good number of bakeries had closed shops.

South-South zonal chairman of the association, Anthony Eze, said the economic recession confronting Nigeria, has done serious harm to the organization.

 

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