Reps threaten FIRS boss over refusal to honour repeated summons 

Elizabeth AtimeMarch 29, 20242 min

In addition to writing the FIRS boss officially, we have also ensured that such letters were delivered personally to his mailbox and his WhatsApp number.

The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS), Mr Zacch, Adedeji, over his continuous disregard for the invitation of the committee saying his actions amounted to contempt of parliament.

The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Bamidele Salam (PDP, Osun), speaking at the resumed investigative hearing on the revenue leakages in the Ministries Departments (MDAs) of the government, described the attitude of the FIRS Boss as an act of irresponsibility and contempt of the parliament,

Rep. Bamidele expressed displeasure that Thursday’s sitting would be the fourth (4th) time the Committee would be inviting the FIRS chairman and he would shun the Committee.

According to him, “In addition to writing to him officially, we have also made sure that such letters were delivered personally to his mailbox and his WhatsApp number. We condemn this attitude, it is an act of irresponsibility and arrogance, and we will tell him that there will be consequences if he continues this contempt of his parliament” 

The Osun lawmaker also pointed out that the essence of the invitation was for the FIRS chairman to provide insight into significant alleged leakages of Value Added Tax (VAT) amounting to several billions of naira in revenue generated by the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) through a payment gateway called Remita.

He said some VAT from the revenue collected by Remitta ought to have gone to the FIRS, but added that they would rather add the VST together and share it with the CBN, Banks, and Remitta.

According to him, “By the time we finished our reconciliation, the money would be in hundreds of billions,” adding that this was what they were asking the FIRS to come and make clarification, but the service had refused to show up.

Elizabeth Atime

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