Staff capacity, tax collection top new FIRS boss’ agenda

By Chika Otuchikere

The Executive Chairman of the newly inaugurated board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Muhammad Nami, has listed four cardinal pillars to reposition the service.

Nami made this known in his acceptance speech during the inauguration of the FIRS new board by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed.

The chairman who described the new responsibility as critical to the smooth operations of the three tiers and arms of government and the wellbeing of the Nigerian people, however said he and his team were undaunted by the enormity of the task ahead.

He assured that his team would do everything their power to achieve their collective goals and justify the confidence repose in them.

He stressed that the task would be discharged efficiently if the team works as a united board and in harmony with the management and staff of the Service. He called on Nigerians to support the board and engage constructively.

Nami listed four cardinal pillars on which the FIRS would be repositioned for better service to taxpayers in the country, including rebuilding FIRS institutional framework by strengthening the capacity of Departments and Units to deliver on their mandate; Robust collaboration with stakeholders in the Nigerian tax system and economy, in order to provide unified view of services through proper planning to eliminate critical bottlenecks;

Building a taxpayer-centric institution to facilitate Nigeria’s longing to become an investment destination by improving on the country’s global ease of doing business and finally, makes the FIRS a data-centric institution in which people, processes and technology would result in efficient revenue generation.

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