Federal Government plan to hire 7,500 graduates to take boost tax revenue

Federal Government plan to hire 7,500 graduates to take boost tax revenue

Federal Government don dey target the number of people wey dey pay tax to take increase them from 14 million to 17 million in the next two years.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, yarn this one when she dey do media briefing on Thursday for Abuja ontop one new initiative to take drive tax revenue.

Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, and other top officials for ministry also accompany Adeosun go the briefing.

She yarn say Federal Government dey plan to achieve the objective as dem go recruit 7,500 graduates as community tax liaison officers to take raise the level of tax awareness for the country.

She talk say dem go recruit the graduates under the N-Power programme wey Federal Government do for two-years period, say graduates with accounting, economics and similar backgrounds go get priority during the recruitment process.

The minister talk say the major responsibilities of the people wey dem go employ under the programme go be to enlighten people for public places such as markets, schools, religious centres, offices and recreational centres, among others, on why dem need to pay their taxes.

Adeosun say,

“We will be recruiting them through N-Power and they can apply through the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance or through the N-Power website. It’s a two year fixed contract and they will be deployed in states and attached to states’ internal revenue service or the FIRS.

“Their job is to improve the level of education on Nigeria’s tax system. Our tax system is progressive, meaning those who earn less should pay less, and those who earn more should pay more.

“A lot of people don’t know that. So it’s a chance to get people on ground to answer all these pertinent questions.”

She kon encourage graduates wey dey try get em own career for tax administration to apply as government dey plan to sponsor the people wey dem go recruit so dem go become tax professionals.

Adeosun added,

“This exercise is extremely important for the fiscal sustainability of the states, because as you know, most of the revenue for the states apart, from FAAC, is supposed to come from tax. So if we improve the number of taxpayers, we will be improving the fiscal health of our state governments as well as the Federal Government.

“It’s an important initiative for the nation as we undertake reforms to reduce our overdependence on oil. We have to make sure that everyone who is economically active pays tax, no matter how little, they have to contribute to the pool.”

When dem ask Adeosun how much these people wey dem wan employ go dey collect, she say government go dey pay dem N30,000 every month.

She kon still add sey dem go receive performance-based incentives wey dem go measure with number of people wey enroll during the 2 years wey dem use work.

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