The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Tunde Fowler has disclosed that the Service has generated N5 trillion by the second week of December 2018,
He added that the agency is on the path of generating N5.3 trillion at the end of the year.
It was learnt that this will be the highest revenue ever generated by FIRS in history. The highest in FIRS history is far is N5.07 trillion generated in 2012.
Making this known at the induction of new members of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) on in Abuja, Fowler said FIRS has been able to record significant achievements following maximum support from the Presidency, Ministry of Finance, the JTB and other taxation stakeholders.
“This year, the FIRS, with the support of the Presidency, Ministry of Finance, the JTB and other stakeholders, has been able to generate up to N5 trillion. We believe that we should be able to close at least at N5.3 trillion which should be the highest in the history of FIRS. And we believe that with that additional revenue, the state and federal governments would be able to provide more services and more development to the people of Nigeria”, he said.
Fowler urged the new inductees to JTB to equip themselves with new ideas and imbibe the knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to be able to cope with the challenges revenue collection in the ever-changing society.
“I see it as a privilege to be addressing this class of inductees today as history has chosen you at this critical point in time in our nations development to steer the ship of sustainable revenue generation.
“While preparing for this occasion, I came across an observation by the American inventor and author Ray Kurzweil where he noted that the rate of scientific and technological change is exponential rather than linear. This observation presupposes that the better part of applied wisdom requires that in our journey of life we are capable of identifying the most apt moment to know at what point to adapt to the ever-tumultuous sea that modern existence represents.
“It also indicates that we should be able to develop the ability to accept and embrace positive change, maybe due to the fact that change is inevitable, but more significantly that oftentimes, change presents us with the rare breaks that we can exploit to advance individual and collective goals and objectives”, he said.
The FIRS boss also stated that as global society continues to transform in structure and process, especially with new technologies and ways of doing things, the role that has been presented before tax administrators in an emerging economy such as Nigeria are quite enormous.