FIRS boss hails officials for bagging awards in tax, technology

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The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Muhammad Nami, has hailed two officials of the FIRS for receiving global awards in tax and technology.

While the Group Lead, Special Tax Operations Group at the FIRS, Mathew Olusanya Gbonjubola, was listed among the 2022 World’s Top 50 Tax Persons, the Group Lead, Digital and Innovation Support Group, FIRS, Chiaka Ben-Obi, emerged as the winner of the 2023 ISACA Technology for Humanity Award.

ISACA, the awarding institution, is an international professional association focused on IT governance.

In a congratulatory message to the duo, Nami stated that they deserved the awards, noting that it was a testament to their hard work and contributions to the successes of the FIRS.

“Indeed you are deserving of this wonderful achievement which is a testament to your hard work, analytical insight into tax issues, and immense contributions to the success of my administration.

“I appreciate every effort you put in to make tax administration in the country richly beneficial to the citizens of this potentially great country,” the FIRS boss said.

Nami further stated that the qualities of Gbonjubola and Ben-Obi were the kind needed for Nigeria’s progress and development.

He urged them to continue to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation as they worked to build a robust tax system for the country.

“I dare say that this country is in dire need of committed and selfless people like you who are passionate about its progress and development.

“Let us continue to forge the necessary synergy that will lead to the actualisation of our collective vision of a robust tax system for the country. I strongly believe that this is the only way we can leave an indelible mark on the sand of time,” Nami noted.

Gbonjubola, who is a chartered accountant, is a Co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.

He has vast experience in auditing, finance, and taxation with over 25 years of experience in the FIRS.

On the other hand, Chiaka Ben-Obi, who holds both Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Public Administration, as well as an MBA, oversees the departments of the FIRS saddled with the responsibility of transforming the Service into a digitalised organisation.

She was before her appointment as Group Lead Digital Innovation Support Group the Director of the Modernisation Department where she took on the assignment of delivering on modernisation agenda projects aimed at transforming the FIRS into a modern, efficient, and effective tax administration agency.

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