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Women in Taxation strategises pathway for development

Women in taxation in five African countries on Monday converged on Abuja to discuss taxation and how it affects them. 

The conference organized by Society of Women in Taxation, SWIT, an arm of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, had in attendance participants from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Benin and the Gambia.

The National Chairperson of SWIT, Dr. Abiola Adimula said the gathering was to discuss the socio-economic development of women and fashion out ways to sensitize them on tax. 

Recounting the successes of the Association, Dr. Adimula said since the Association was founded in 2010, it was now present in 20 states and the FCT, expressing the hope that the Association will be global in the future. 

On the theme ‘’Taxation and Gender in the Digital Developing Economy’’, Dr. Adimula said it was important to encourage female entrepreneurs to incorporate technology in their businesses. 

Speaking on tax in markets, the current First National Vice President of SWIT, Bosede Ikhanoba stressed to need to formalize the process to ensure the taxed amount goes into the government coffers and was as curb double taxation.

Mrs. Ikhanoba who is also the incoming chairperson said she would focus on capacity building for members as well as create more awareness on the benefits of paying tax. 

For the President of CITN, Chief Adesina Adebayo, women play a key role in general development hence cannot be ignored. 

The past President of CITN, Dr. James Kayode Naiyeju In his keynote address also paid tribute to women in taxation. 

Reporting by Annabel Nwachukwu