FIRS new boss set N17trn target for 2020, task staff to be committed and dogged

Newly appointed executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

Muhammed Nami, has tasked staff members of the commission to demonstrate commitment in their service, in a bid to overturn the dwindling revenue generation recorded by in recent years.

Nami therefore tasked the workers of the revenue agency to generate at least N17 trillion in 2020.

A comparison of staff trajectory since 2012 and revenue collection target showed that average collection per staff declined from N718.2 million to N530 million in 2019.

A memo to each of the staff members dated December 23, 2019 personally signed by Nami indicated that while 8,265 workers collected N5.07 trillion, surpassing target by N1.3 trillion in 2011, 9,448 staff collected N5 trillion in 2019.

His words, “…in 2012 especially, you were able to raise five trillion, seven billion Naira, even without active participation of consultants and with moderate inflation and exchange rates.

“I want to be positive that this impressive performance is achievable again.

“Despite the rise in service workforce, the engagement of consultants, the rise in inflation and the exchange rates, the tax revenue collection continues to dwindle as shown in this table.”

Nami implored the staff “to take advantage of the current staff-friendly environment now in place to reverse the obvious downward trend to ensure that the current target is not only achieved but also doubled before the end of 2020.

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