FIRS Aims For Staff Expansion, To Recruit 1,250 Personnel


The Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) has revealed plans to recruit about 1,250 persons across the states as part of its staff expansion plan, immediately after the budget has been assented to by the President.

Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, disclosed this while appearing before the Senate committee on Finance at the National Assembly on Thursday.

Babatunde Fowler said that within the 2016 budget, the FIRS has made provision for the recruitment of about 1,250 staff as part of its staff expansion, though the process is yet to begin, but will kick off once the budget has been approved.

On the other hand, the FIRS boss however lamented non payment of tax by Nigerians, saying only ten per cent of Nigerians pay their tax, but that the service had a target to meet 90 per cent compliance with tax-payment.

Fowler said if those people who are benefiting from Nigeria and actually have the love for Nigeria can do the right thing by paying their taxes they will be empowering government to provide services.

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He said they had registered 362,000 new taxpayers across the country within the last few months, since the primary job of the service is just to make sure that it enforces payment.

Fowler who says he was in Kano earlier in the week with the Emir who spoke to Muslims that payment of tax is not against Islam, said, people in different languages have different ideas and as a tax body the FIRS has to make sure that it can educate everyone.

On tax sensitization, he said the service had media campaign jingles running in all major languages in Igbo, Yoruba Hausa, Pidgin English and once the public is sensitized where everybody understands what needs to be done, then people can now be expected to pay their taxes and tax laws enforced.

He said that the service would embark on mass sensitization so that more people would pay tax and Nigeria would develop. Even with the economic crunch, the FIRS boss is optimistic that the service would meet its target for 2016.

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