Inline with Federal Government’s resolve to increase the nation’s revenue base through tax collection, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has advised the FIRS Chairman to be civil and polite as well as aggressive in his tax collection drive.
The SGF gave the advise in his office, in Abuja, when the Federal Inland Revenue Service Executive Chairman paid him a courtesy visit.
Mustapha noted Government’s aggressive pursuit of revenue to fund the budget, saying that the Federal Government “needs all the money to enable Mr. President deliver on his mandate”.
He added that the government’s funding gap is large which is why the government resorts to borrowing.
” if more money could be generated from tax there would be no need for government to borrow in order to meet its budget targets”. Mustapha stated.
The SGF further revealed that as part of measures to cut cost of governance, the Federal Government has directed government officials particularly ministers to reduce the number of aides that travel with them.
He decried a situation whereby the overhead cost far outweighs capital expenditure, while taking a swipe at the members of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) who he alleged collect three to four salaries per month.
While congratulating the FIRS Executive Chairman on his recent appointment, the SGF assured that the Federal Government was confident that the FIRS under Nami’s watch would meet and exceed government’s revenue targets from taxation.
The SGF also presented the letters of appointments of Mr. Nami and the newly inaugurated members of the FIRS Board to the Chairman, pledging his support for the CEO and the FIRS Board.
Recall that Muhammad M. Nami , a renowned tax consultant, was in December appointed by President Mohammadu Buhari as the new Chairman FIRS, who took over from the erstwhile chairman of the service, Babatunde Fowler.