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FIRS retires coordinating directors, appoints new ones

The Federal Board of Inland Revenue (FBIR) has approved the appointment of four new Coordinating Directors and two Group Heads in acting capacity.

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The Federal Board of Inland Revenue (FBIR) has approved the appointment of four new Coordinating Directors and two Group Heads in acting capacity. This follows the retirement of some Coordinating Directors in a reorganization that is currently going on in the agency.

This appointment was disclosed in a statement released by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Director for Communication and Liaison Department, Mr. Abdullahi Ismaili, on Wednesday in Abuja.

FIRS retires coordinating directors, appoints new ones

Ismaila said that the appointment was part of ongoing-internal reforms and reorganization in order to reposition the Service towards achieving its N8.5 trillion tax target.

Going further, he explained that the decision was taken at an emergency meeting of FIRS Board which held on Friday. The meeting also approved the retirement of some directors of the agency.

[READ MORE: Union Bank announces resignation of 2 executive directors, appoints new ones)

He explained that the board approved the retirement of all directors, who had served for eight years and above as directors in the Service, as this is in line with Para 10.1(a)(iii) of Human Resources Policy and Programmes (HRPP)” of the FIRS statute.

According to him, the newly appointed Coordinating Directors are Dr Asheikh Maidugu who is now in charge of Executive Chairman’s Group; Mr Olufemi Oladeji Oluwaniyi, Tax Operations Group; Mr Innocent Chinyere Ohagwa, General Services Group, and Mr Ezra Usman Zubairu, Enforcement Support Group.

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The appointed Group Heads are Mrs. Faosat Ogunniyi, who will be in charge of Compliance Support Group and Ms Chiaka Okoye, Digital Support Group.

Ismaila noted that these appointments took immediate effect and would subsist for six months, just as the Board and Management congratulated the newly appointed officials and enjoined them and other workforce of the service to continue to work hard and support Management towards meeting and surpassing the revenue targets.

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The director noted that the Board and Management also thanked the retired directors for their huge contributions to the FIRS and Nigeria while in Public Service, and wished them well in their future endeavours.

It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed Mr, Muhammad Nami as the new Executive Chairman of FIRS following the non-reappointment of the immediate past Executive Chairman, Mr Babatunde Fowler as part of the reorganization to reposition the revenue-generating agency.

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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    Appointments

    Usman Alkali Baba assumes office as new IG of Police

    The FG announced that IGP Usman Alkali Baba assumed duty as the new Inspector General of Police on Wednesday.

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    The Federal Government announced that IGP Usman Alkali Baba assumed duty as the new Inspector General of Police on Wednesday.

    The FG disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday evening, citing that he is taking over from IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, who retired after 35 years of meritorious service to the nation.

    What the FG is saying

    “The handing/taking over of leadership between the former and new Police Chiefs was held in a brief but colourful ceremony at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The event was climaxed with the symbolic handover of the Nigeria Police flag.

    The new IGP, who is the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, NPM, psc (+), fdc, a fellow of the National Defence College, hails from Geidam in Yobe State. He was commissioned into the Nigeria Police Force on 15th March 1988 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

    He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

    The FG also disclosed that the new IGP believes in the provision of motivational and credible leadership driven by professionalism and strategic planning, all directed at stabilizing internal security and modernizing police operations within the framework of citizens’ consent, trust, and the rule of law.

    In case you missed it 

    The Federal Government revealed why President Buhari terminated the appointment of the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammad Adamu, before the expiration of the 3-months extension, saying the ex-IGP’s tenure was terminated following the completion of the selection process for a new Inspector General of Police.

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    FSDH appoints FCMB Director, Bukola Smith as new Managing Director and CEO

    FCMB appoints FCMB Executive Director, as new Managing Director and CEO, to replace Hamda Ambah.

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    Bukola Smith, the Executive Director, Business Development, in First City Monument Bank Limited has been appointed by FSDH Merchant Bank as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos based financial institution.

    This information was revealed in a recent post made by Smith, the new MD/CEO of the bank via her official LinkedIn account.

    Her appointment will take full effect in mid-April, 2021, as she moves to take over from Hamda Ambah who will retire from the bank with effect from April 27th, 2021, after 28 years of service to the company, including four years and three months as the Managing Director of the Merchant Bank.

    Smith is expected to take on the full responsibility of leading FSDH Merchant Bank to greater heights of global success, building on the impressive work Ambah has done in the last four years and three months as the Managing Director of the Merchant Bank.

    What they are saying

    Commenting on her appointment, Bukola Smith said:

    “Super excited to announce my appointment as the new MD/CEO of FSDH Merchant Bank from mid-April, 2021. Thus, bringing an end to 14 beautiful and impactful years at FCMB.”

    Special thanks go to all my friends and colleagues, who made my time at FCMB an amazing experience.

    It is a privilege to take over from a Super Mentor, Hamda Ambah who has done a great job in steering the ship over the years.”

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    About Smith

    Bukola Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, and also holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

    Smith was appointed Executive Director, Business Development at First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in 2017, and prior to this, she was the Regional Head, Lagos Region of the Bank.

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    She has occupied several key positions in FCMB as the Group Head Treasury and Financial Institutions; Divisional Head, Investment Banking and Financial Markets; Director Project and Structured Finance; and Divisional Head, Group Internal Audit, since she joined the bank in 2006.

    As the Executive Director in charge of Business Development in FCMB, the bank’s Small and Micro business-focused team moved up to the first position in 2019, to emerge as the best SME supporter in the country – according to a KPMG Customer Service Report 2020.

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