FIRS fumes over ‘utterly misleading’ report on uniforms, meals



The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has dismissed a report that it plans to spend N2.8bn on uniforms, N550m on meals as “utterly misleading.”

Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola, SA/Media & Communication, to Executive,FIRS Chairman made this assertion in a statement reacting to a report by the PUNCH Newspaper.

He said “It should be obvious to everyone that the reference the made to the budget for uniforms is not only false but also a misrepresentation of the facts. In the first place, it is not true that the Service had delivered the Budget Estimate to the two chambers of the National Assembly. Instead, the draft budget estimate was submitted only to the House Committee on Finance.

” Also, its claim that ‘the total budget of the FIRS stands at N228 billion’ is blatantly not true. Again, what the referred to as Uniform is the Corporate Outfit (Dressing Allowance) enjoyed by all the staff. Similarly, the sum of N17.8 billion being bandied by the as an estimate for miscellaneous expenses is grossly false”, the statement said.

Wojuola continued, “To be sure, the correct figure is N11.36 billion which represents the estimate for key administrative expenses for the whole year that the Service proposed to the National Assembly being an that would be incurred when approved, in respect of its over 500 operating offices and functions as well as for its 11,300 workforce. For clarity, the estimated expenses are for medical expenses for over 11,300 staff, publicity, adverts & taxpayers education, welfare packages & festivity allowance to staff, corporate outfit grant (dressing allowance to staff), honorarium & allowance for staff/stakeholders, sporting activities, and postages & courier services.

He said further, “The public is, therefore, to note that the budgeted for the above-listed items represents merely 5.26% of the total budget estimate for the year, 2022.

“With these details of well-intentioned provisions in the budgetary estimates which were put together by the relevant departments in the Service, it is crystal clear that the Management is consciously committed to quality and staff welfare. Therefore, Management will continue to do everything within the limits of available resources to motivate and bouy up the morale of the staff.

“As a revenue-generating agency, the Service remains strongly committed to its of mobilising revenue for the three tiers of government. The Management, therefore, frowns at the uncharitable attempt to drag its well-wrought tax administration efforts into the murky waters of politics, as doing so will not serve any positive purpose.”