Actually, the dream that motivated President Bola Tinubu to appoint Zacchaeus Adedeji as the Acting Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) must be big and vibrant. But how much the Iwo Ate, Oyo State-born technocrat can achieve will depend on the environment and society. Why did I say so? Generally in any hostile society, there is always a force to contend with. While no one is trying to manufacture excuses for poor performance, the dangerous truth is that it is real. So, one cannot but wish Adedeji the very best in his new assignment.
Discreet investigations have shown that FIRS is currently an over-bloated humongous entity with over 80% non-professionals in the field of Accounting and/or Taxation as a result of which over 60% of its 4% collection fees go to staff salary alone, i.e., recurrent expenditure, thereby leaving nothing for capital expenditure. So, it behoves Adedeji to spearhead a holistic constitutional review of the Service’s operations to make them the real and soul of the Federal Government’s treasury collection.
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