Build capacity to improve efficiency, Nigeria’s tax boss tells state tax chiefs

Capacity building remains the most vital in creating an enabling environment for tax compliance, Mr. Mashi said.

The Acting Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Kabir Mashi, on Wednesday asked Chairmen of the Boards of Internal Revenue in the 36 states of the federation to build their capacity to enhance their professional skills and operational competences as a strategy for improving the efficiency of tax administration at sub-national level in the country.

Mr. Mashi said at a two-day Leadership Enhancement Programme sponsored by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) in collaboration with ReStral Consulting in Abuja that continuous learning remained the most vital tool needed to boost performance and to create the enabling environment for tax compliance and deployment of taxes to people-oriented developmental programmes.

The FIRS Chairman noted that as leaders, the tax chiefs owe themselves, their people, and the country the duty to develop themselves technically and operationally in their areas of calling; pointing out that capacity building remains one of the challenges confronting leaders of corporate and public enterprises in modern societies.

“Let me state that as Chief Accounting Officers of our respective tax authorities at the sub-national level, the need for continuous capacity building programmes cannot be over emphasized,” he said.

“You are all quite aware that we are constantly faced with the challenge of how to effectively and adequately manage both human and material resources at our disposal for optimum revenue collection. While we strive for perfection, we equally need avenues like this share and compare notes of the goods and not too pleasant situations around us.”

Mr. Mashi, who is also the Chairman of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), said consistent learning would help the chieftains of the SBIR to build essential skills for achieving organisational goals and objectives, adding that it is in realization of the fact that informed FIRS decision to organise the training programme for all members of the JTB.

According to him, although some of the tax Administrators may have gone through the same type of training in the past, the new programme would create another opportunity for interaction among members and also enable them to share experiences.

He expressed optimism that the training would be interesting and capable of influencing their thoughts on key matters relating to operations and management of their respective organisations and urged participants to participate actively throughout the programme.

The Chief Responsibility Officer of Restral Consulting, Uchenna Nwosu, said the workshop was designed to help leaders have the right mindset to deliver on goals and objectives of organisations and ensure they create sustainable institutions so that whether or not they are there, the organisations will still fulfill their mandates.


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