By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of a new board for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). A statement on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the appointment was subject to Senate confirmation.
The statement said Buhari has nominated a renowned tax consultant, Muhammad M. Sami, as the new chairman of the federal inland revenue agency.
Nami’s appointment has now put to rest the speculations about the fate of Babatunde Fowler, whose term of office as FIRS Chairman expired on Monday, December 9, 2019 and was not renewed by the President.
The new board is composed of a member representing each of the six geographical zone and statutory representatives from a select number of ministries and government agencies.
Below is the full statement issued by State House:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
PRESIDENT BUHARI NAMES NEW FIRS BOARD FOR SENATE CONFIRMATION
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of a new board for the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, subject to Senate confirmation.
The President nominated a renowned tax consultant, Muhammad M. Nami as the new chairman.
The board is composed of a member representing each of the six geographical zones and statutory representatives from a select number of ministries and government agencies.
Mr 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 Nami 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.
Mr 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.
He is married with children.
Chairman of FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, whose term of office expired on Monday, 9th December, 2019 is expected to hand over to the most senior director on the board, who will take charge, pending the senate confirmation of the new board.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
December 9, 2019