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The Nigerian Government revealed that the Mohammad Nami-led Federal Inland Revenue Service will begin the collection of taxes usually operated by 62 other agencies including the Nigerian Customs Service.

Taiwo Oyedele, the head of the Presidential Committee on Tax Policy and Fiscal Reforms disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday.



He said this means the Customs Service can now focus on trade facilitation and border protection, and Nigerian Communications Commission on regulating telecommunications as they are not set up to collect revenue.

Revenue collection

In the interview, Oyedele noted that Nigeria’s revenue from taxes is one of the lowest in the world adding,




“Ironically, our cost of collection is one of the highest. And the reason for that is that we’ve got all manners of agencies. The Federal Government alone, we have 63 MDAs that were given revenue targets last year, no: in the 2023 budget,”
“And two things that would come up from that: on one hand, these agencies are being distracted from doing their primary function which is to facilitate the economy. Number two, they were not set up to collect revenue, so, they won’t be able to collect revenue efficiently.
“So, move those revenue collection functions to the FIRS. It has two advantages: the cost of collection and efficiency will improve, these guys will focus on their work, and the economy will benefit as a result.”

Proper duties

He noted that this means FG agencies will focus on service delivery and less on raising revenue, adding:

“If you are Customs, focus on trade facilitation, and border protection and if you are NCC (Nigerian Communications Commission), just regulate telecommunications. You are not set up to collect revenue.
“It can be your revenue and someone else can collect it for you. There will be more transparency because you see what is being collected and is accounted for properly. It is also a way of holding ourselves to account as to how we spend the money we collect from the people.”


He added that he expects pushback from stakeholders and others benefitting from the process, but the committees would stick to its sole objective and added the presidential committee would look into excess bank charges.

Tax Gap

He also pointed out that Nigeria has a significant tax gap estimated in the region of N20 trillion urging that we need to focus more on the few major taxes – Value Added Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, adding:

“A lot of people are not (tax) compliant, particularly the middle class and the elite, some of them are in the tax net with one or two fingers, you pay a thousand naira as tax when you should have paid N10m,” he said.
“In fact, we plan to repeal many of the taxes that currently make doing business difficult without introducing new ones and yet collect more,”


Last Month, President Bola Tinubu approved the establishment of a Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms.

The committee, chaired by Taiwo Oyedele, the Fiscal Policy Partner and Africa Tax Leader at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), will consist of experts from the private and public sectors. Its mandate encompasses tax law reform, fiscal policy design and coordination, harmonization of taxes, and revenue administration.





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