Revenue Probe: Reps ask FIRS boss to resign

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Executive Chairman of FIRS, Alhaji Muhammad Manman Nami.
Executive Chairman of FIRS, Alhaji Muhammad Manman Nami.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, urged the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Alhaji Muhammad Manman Nami to immediately tender his resignation from the office if he is not capable of discharging his constitutional responsibilities.

The Committee also gave the FIRS boss 18 hours within which to appear before it or be sanctioned accordingly.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Busayo Oluwole Oke (PDP-Osun) handed down the order while ruling on the failure of the FIRS boss to honour the invitation of the parliament probing the huge dwindling revenues of the Federal Government as reported by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.

At the resumption of the Committee session on Wednesday, the FIRS boss was billed to appear before the Committee on non-payment of taxes to the government by three foreign firms, Indorama Petrochemical, Indorama fertilizer & Petrochemical Ltd and OIS Indorama Eleme, Port-Harcourt but was absent and sent a representation.

Two of the firms were said to be enjoying duty waivers and capital allowances while the third one was said to be operating at the Export Free Zone in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, thus causing a huge loss of revenues to the nation.

Following this development, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Abdullahi Sa’ad Abdulkadir decried the absence of the FIRS boss at such an important hearing which would have assisted the Parliament in unmasking the sources of the leakages of government revenues.

The Committee unanimously endorsed the motion and gave him 10.00 am Thursday to appear in person, failure which he would be sanctioned in line with the Constitution of the land.

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