Report on Interest

How Buhari decline Fowler’s tenure extension, appoint FIRS new boss

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined plea from members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in South West that Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS boss, Babatunde Fowler, be reappointed.

Rather than dancing towards the persuasions, Buhari dissolved the Fowler led board and appointed new board members for the revenue collection agency and forwarded their name to the Senate for confirmation.

However, the FIRS former chairman, whose term of office expired 9th of December, 2019, was directed to hand over to the most senior director on the board, who will take charge, pending the Senate confirmation of the new board.

To lead FIRS, the President, on Monday, through a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, nominated a professional and recognised  tax consultant, Muhammad Nami, as the new chairman.

According to the statement, the new board subject to approval is composed of a member representing each of the six geographical zones and statutory representatives from a select number of ministries and government agencies.

Muhammad, a well-trained Tax, Accounting and Management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies, has almost three decades of practical working experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non- profit organizations.

He is an expert in rendering advisory support services to investors in respect of new business start-ups and management of existing businesses. He has also continuously rendered outsourced services to clients in trading, service and manufacturing sectors of the nation’s economy.

Muhammad attended Bayero University Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (1991) and a Masters of Business degree (2004) respectively. He is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Debt Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria and Associate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.

He started his career with PFK in 1993 and rose to the position of a senior Consultant in charge of Tax management and advisory services. He is currently the managing consultant of Manam Professional Services (Chartered Tax Practitioners and Business Advisers) based in Kaduna, Abuja, Niger State.

Muhammad has served, and is still serving, on many companies’ Board and Statutory Board Audit Committees. He was appointed as a member, Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Stolen Assets in November, 2017 by President Buhari.

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