Senate angry with FCT-IRS over N1billion remittance to FIRS

• My action in order ― Attah

The Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday walked out the Management of the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service ( FCT – IRS) from its Committee session at the National Assembly.

The management team led by Mallam Abdullahi Attah had appeared before the Senate Committee for approval of the N8.5billion 2021 budget proposal.

The Committee led by Senator representing Borno North, Abubakar Kyari had raised eyebrow over N1billion planned remittance to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS) from projected N100 billion revenue generation in 2021.

The explanation offered by Mallam Attah that the proposed remittance was for payment of salaries of 117  FIRS staff who are collaborating with the agency angered virtually all the Senators.

Attah had told the Committee that “out of the entire 130 operatives of the agency, 117 of them are from the FIRS who must be taken care of.”

First to explain his disaffection was Senator Kyari who wondered why the agency since its inception four years ago has not recruited enough personnel to drive its revenue drive.

He said,” are you saying that the N1billion remitted to the FIRS from the N50billion generated last year, was for payment of salaries of the 117 FIRS? Being a staff of FIRS, are they not on salary structure from the FIRS itself and is that the reason why you are proposing the same in your 2021 budgetary projections? ”

Former Ebonyi State governor and Senator representing Ebonyi North, Sam Egwu in his contribution said the arrangement was awkward and should be discontinued.

” The N1billion being remitted to FIRS by your agency is nauseating and must be stopped.

” If you don’t have enough men to collect the revenue for you, carry out a recruitment exercise for that purpose. Why must you be paying people who are already being taken care of elsewhere salary wise?”

Senator representing Kogi West, Smart Adeyemi equally accused the agency of financial recklessness and asked the Committee chairman to direct them to give the Mallam Attah team marching order.

“I’m disappointed by your very poor performance which is enough to throw you out of the window.

” Mr Chairman, please give this man and the non-performing agency marching order.”

Senator Kyari consequently asked the embattled FCT- IRS boss and his team to take their leave while their proposals will be thoroughly looked into.

But speaking with newsmen shortly after the session with the Senate Committee on FCT, Mallam Attah justified the action of his team in payment of staff of the FIRS as he attributed the success of his agency to the FIRS.

“As far as I am concerned, we have improved from what we met.

” For instance, in 2017 / 2018, when FIRS was fully in charge, N50billion revenue was the total collection, which was increased to N100billion in 2020 and even projected to be N130billion in 2021.”

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