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Document Shows FG Lied Over Collected Taxes, FIRS Figures Dwindling Since 2015

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ElombahNews is in possession of a document which shows that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government lied over taxes collected since 2015.

The document is a letter written by the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service [FIRS] and addressed to its staff.

Recalled the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had recently stated that the federal government harvested larger revenue since 2015 the President Buhari administration was saddled with national responsibility.

Contrary to figures brandished  by Lai Mohammed, however, the document shows a steady decline of figures since 2015 when the Buhari administration took over power.

Although the document showed an increase of staff number from 7,182 in 2015 to 9,448 in 2019, the average collected revenue declined steadily up till 2019.

In the document titled “INTERNAL MEMORANDUM” dated December 23, 2019, the FIRS Executive Chairman, Muhammad M. Nami said:

“It is gratifying for me to note that you all have, over the years, demonstrated doggedness and uncommon commitment to your duties even in the face of unpleasant work environment commend you all for displaying this spirit of steadfastness, resilience, perseverance, and deftness in the discharge of your assigned responsibilities.

“Let me use this occasion to remind you that as a result of your uncommon commitment to duty, 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.

“However, the table below shows the review of performance and workforce of the Service from 2011 to 2019.

“It should be pondered upon during the holiday so that you would resume refreshed and better prepared to serve It is observed that 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.”

Mr. Nami, therefore, urged the staff “to take advantage of the current staff-friendly environment now in place to redouble your efforts to reverse the obvious downward trend.”

He also urged them “to ensure that the current target is not only achieved but also doubled before the end of 2020.

“No doubt the task is daunting but with dogged spirit, integrity, probity, and accountability as well as the resolve not to negotiate with taxpayers and pocket the revenue due to the Federal Government, the current challenges can be surmounted and our ambitious target achieved or surpassed,” he added.

See the attached FIRS document below:

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