Opinion

The Burden of Leadership At FIRS, By Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad

...despite the pandemic and its economic consequences, the FIRS management, ably led by Mr. Nami, was able to post an impressive Q1 performance by achieving an increment of 15 per cent over the corresponding period in 2019, to the delight of all. This is a clear indication that the eggheads…
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Opinion

Do Nigerians Really Hate Tax?, By Kenneth Amaeshi, Bongo Adi & Godson Ikiebey

...government accountability is paramount to building trust. How taxpayers perceive public accountability in the utilisation of taxes influences their tax compliance perception. Tax authorities – FIRS – should pay attention to this, as it would help them develop appropriate strategies to improve transparency and public accountability in the use of…
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Columns

Story of the Vanishing Loaf: How To Kill a Local Company, By Azu Ishiekwene

...GE is saying, among many other tongue-in-cheek things it has said over the years, that it has handed over the liability in the dispute with Arco to one Baker Hughes, a so-called successor company unknown to the original contract. That was after it said it was unwilling to reopen the…
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Columns

‘Zacchaeus’ and the Perils of a Tax Collector, By Azu Ishiekwene

Whichever way the government decides, the peddling of the long knives that started with Zacchaeus in Jericho won’t end with Fowler. But the government’s answer will send an important message about how serious the government is with its reforms. When the tenure of a chief executive is coming to an…
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Opinion

Communications Service Tax: A Helping Hand Or A Distressing Blow?, By Jayne Augoye

If Senator Ali Ndume is really looking to shield the poor from unfair taxation, would it not be more effective if he backs the VAT, which proposes to charge per cent on luxury items to be majorly borne by the middle class and rich, rather than the CST which would…
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Columns

I Wanted To ‘Insult’ The President, But I Didn’t Want To Go To Jail, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

...as you would imagine, I would talk about Sowore whether or not I’ll end up in jail? Why? An injury to one is an injury to all. Let’s not mince words: Filing charges against Sowore for “insulting” the president is laughable, a complete abuse of federal powers and a lowering…
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Opinion

Throwing Fowler Under the Bus for Economic Underperformance?, By ‘Tope Fasua

...as much as we know the issues around Fowler’s leadership of FIRS, we disagree with Kyari; Fowler is not to blame for the drastic drop in collections. If we must blame anyone, we should blame the supreme leader, who takes issues of the people’s welfare with much levity. And we…
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Columns

Political Vendetta Or Anti-corruption War?, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

But for President Muhammadu Buhari, who has made this war the fight of his life and on whose crest he rode to power, we had expected a more forceful and robust anti-corruption war that knows no boundaries. It is therefore appalling, that not much has changed over the years; as…
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