National Assembly Joint Committee has raised concern over Federal Inland Revenue Service’s (FIRS) 2019 projected estimate of non-oil revenue tax collection of N146.54 billion. The Co-chairman of the committee, Sen. John Enoh and other members of the committee raised the concern at FIRS’s budget defence in Abuja on Monday. On personnel cost, the committee asked why the service was proposing a 14.6 percent increase in the number of staff from 7, 854 in 2018 to 9000 staff in 2019. scheduled in 2019.
He further explained that N160 million was earmarked to sew uniforms for the 850 drivers of the service as part of the effort to make them fit properly into the structure. He said the amount earmarked for security vote was meant to attend to some security issues, particularly those not receipted for.
“The achievement of the 2019 budget will be driven by increased oil and non-oil revenue tax collection. The service in realisation of this responsibility and challenges of doing manual collection will continue to implement automated tax collection for the critical sectors of the economy notably telecommunications, airlines, and financial institutions. The deployment of these platforms is at no cost to the service and the consultants will only be rewarded on increased revenue generation.”