Bread levy: Kogi govt. queries permanent secretary for misconduct

The Kogi State Government has served a query on the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Usman A. Ibrahim for official misconduct over the recent widely spread report on bread levy allegedly introduced by the state government.

In a letter signed by the Head of Service, Kogi State Government, Mrs Deborah Ogunmola, the affected official was directed to respond within 24 hours to explain himself on why disciplinary action should not be taken for gross misconduct.

The Head of Service stated that the concerned official on November 9, 2020, signed a letter addressed to the Chairman, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) Kogi State branch on the subject of introducing an identified consulting company and levies on bread to all bakers and caterers doing business in and across the state.

Mrs Ogunmola added that the investigation revealed that the official acted without obtaining the approval of the commissioner of the ministry and could not provide any file documenting the approval for the dissemination of such information.

The Head of Service stipulated that despite the official’s denial, his actions contravened the provisions of Public Service Rules, Section 4 – 030402 (1), (N) and (o) which might lead to his dismissal from the service.

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