FIRS gets a new chairman, what will be the fate of Fowler’s plan to charge VAT on online purchases? 

Following the expiration of his 4-year tenure as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler has been replaced by Muhammad Nami, a seasoned tax consultant and head of the FIRS’ new board of directors.

Fowler was appointed as the chairman of the FIRS on December 9, 2015 and his tenure ended yesterday, December 9, 2019.

A report by The Punch suggested that in the case where Fowler was not reappointed, the position would be handed over to the most senior director in the agency, possibly Abiodun Aina, the Coordinating Director of the Domestic Tax Group and Special Advisor to Fowler.

However, according to reports, the presidency created a new board for the FIRS instead and appointed Muhammad Nami, its most senior director to take over from Fowler pending the Senate’s confirmation of the new board, as stipulated by the FIRS (Establishment) Act 2007 (pdf).


The board is reportedly composed of representatives from each of Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones and statutory representatives from a select…

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