Can Fowler replicate Lagos tax magic in Abuja? – By Williams Ekanem


When the Senators resume from their recess, one of their duties would be the screening and confirmation or otherwise of a string of appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari while they were away.
On that list would be Williams Babatunde Fowler, the new helmsman at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
His appointment during the week as the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Chairman of the revenue agency will likely increase the rating of the Buhari administration as people around the country considered it a plus for the reform being carried out by President Buhari.
Considering that the FIRS, a first-class federal government agency has not had a substantive chairman since the departure of Ifueko Omogui-Okauru in 2012, the confirmation becomes even more urgent.
The process would indeed be less cumbersome for the Senators because of the credentials Mr. Fowler, popularly known as TF brings to the table.
Before his appointment, the new FIRS boss, was the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue for nine years running from 2005 to 2014.
Keen followers of Fowlers’ tenure in Lagos pointed out that it has never been so good for the tax situation in Lagos, as the state recorded an astronomical rise in internally generated revenue, growing from an average of N3.6 billion per month in January 2006, to an average of about N20.5 billion per month in 2013.
If Fowler’s appointment is an insight of what to expect in the much awaited cabinet formation by President Buhari, then the nation can be said to be in for a new beginning in the era of change and this can widely be said to be a change that would work.
This is because besides Fowlers outstanding credential of growing Lagos State internally generated revenue by over ten fold during his tenure, he is also said …Read More

Source:: New Mail