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NCC, FIRS set up committee to boost revenue in telecoms sector

The senior and management staff of the NCC and FIRS during the set up of the joint committee in Abuja. Photo: Cable

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) have set up a Joint Committee towards implementing inter-agency strategies for collecting revenues in the telecommunications sector.

The NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, inaugurated the 17-member committee on behalf of the Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Danbatta, and the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Mr Muhammad Nami, in Abuja.

The inauguration of the committee, comprising six officials of NCC and eleven officials of FIRS, was carried out with senior officials of NCC and those of the tax agency led by its Coordinating Director for Compliance Support Group, Dr Dick Irri.

While inaugurating the Committee, Mr Adewolu stated that the terms of reference of the Committee include: review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the NCC and the FIRS and carry out inter-agency interaction on the implementation of the NCC’s Revenue Assurance System and to ensure that it incorporates the needs of FIRS.

Mr Adewolu said the managements of NCC and the FIRS expected excellent output from the Committee, tasking them to work together harmoniously and in the overall national interest.

In his comments, Dr Dick Irri, who led the FIRS delegation advised the Committee to work assiduously towards enhancing fiscal governance in Nigeria.

Writing by Olayemi Daniyan; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino