Adedeji Confirmed as New FIRS, Promises Tax Data Reforms
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Mr Zacch Adedeji as the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Mr Adedeji, who appeared at the upper chamber for his screening today, revealed his plans to improve the nation’s revenue, referring to the dearth of information in the oil and gas sector.
The FIRS boss promised that most of the leakages would be halted.
According to him, the core problem in the country is that of proper data, adding that developing data upon which decisions will be made is fundamental.
He explained that this would enable sufficient information on the exact number of vessels of crude brought into the county and the tax that should be paid adequately.
The data would be used to identify those in affluence who pay insufficient tax, the new FIRS boss added.
Mr Adedeji also vowed to centralize the identification system in Nigeria and advance the nation’s data mining capacity.
His confirmation is coming over a month after President Bola Tinubu elevated him from the Special Adviser on Revenue to acting head of the tax body.
Mr Tinubu directed the erstwhile FIRS Chairman, Mr Muhammad Nami, to proceed on three months of pre-retirement leave.
The President, thereafter, wrote to the Senate through its leader, Mr Godswill Akpabio, for expeditious consideration of the confirmation of Mr Adedeji’s appointment.