New tax chief, Fowler, restructures FIRS; redeploys 26 directors

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS Chairman
Babatunde Fowler, FIRS Chairman

The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, has ordered the immediate restructuring of the management of the agency with the transfer of 26 top officials in the directorate cadre to different positions in various locations across the country.

Under the exercise, the chairman introduced the State Coordinator structure in the FIRS to help widen the net to capture more registered corporate and individual tax payers towards increased revenue generation.

The Head of Communication & Servicom Department, Wahab Gbadamosi, explained in a statement that each of the 13 State Coordinators would supervise operations in their areas of jurisdictions of posting.

Two directors were moved to the headquarters in Abuja, while three are expected to coordinate affairs in the states.

“Experienced deputy directors were transferred to FIRS’ Training School and centres across the country as part of the efforts of the Service to strengthen its knowledge transfer programme and expeditious development of the capacity of its workforce in the interim,” Mr. Gbadamosi said.

The State structure, he said, was part of the new FIRS Chairman’s vision of minimizing the span of control, closer focus on corporate taxpayers in all states of the federation and stronger collaboration with State Boards of Internal Revenue, SBIR, to increase overall tax yield acruable to the three tiers of government.

Under a new campaign to widen the tax base, the FIRS spokesperson said FIRS registered additional 359,158 corporate taxpayers within 107 days between October 13, 2015 and January 27, 2016.

He said the FIRS chairman plans to add at least 500,000 new corporate taxpayers by 31st March 2016.

To widen the tax base further by an additional five million new individual taxpayers to the country-wide tax register by December 2016, the FIRS Chairman plans to work with states under the Joint Tax Board, JTB, structure.

Those affected by the latest posting include the Director of FCT and North Central Region, Olufemi Faniyi, who was posted to the Compliance Support Group, while Director, South-South and South-East Directorate Department Innocent Ohagwa, is now Acting State Coordinator, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Cross River States.

Director, Lagos Mainland (East and West Directorate) Department Gbolaga Oshiga, is now Acting State Coordinator, Ogun, Oyo and Osun States, while Director, North-West and North-East Regions Directorate Department, Mohammed Magam, becomes the Acting State Coordinator, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States.

Director, Oil and Gas Department, Lagos, Olufunlola Adediran, was transferred to the Office of the Coordinating Director, Domestic Tax Group in Abuja.


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