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- Published on Friday, 06 April 2012 10:59
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Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) boss, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okaru has stepped down from office after after 8 years as the federal government's chief tax collector.
Appointed to head FIRS in 2004, Omoigui-Okauru has overseen the rise in the country’s revenue generation figures.
She studied Accountancy at the University of Lagos, graduating in 1983 with first class honours. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Management Science from the Imperial College, University of London in 1986, as a Commonwealth scholar.
Her professional career kicked off with a brief stint with the firm of Akintola Williams & Co, after which she worked an approximate 12 years at Andersen, and then Accenture.
Omoigui-Okauru is credited with the introduction of automated tax collection to FIRS as well as the abolishment of multiple taxation. She bravely eradicated the use of consultants in tax collection — a system alleged to have been originally invented as a medium of diverting collected tax to private pockets, in addition to ignominiously crowning the country’s tax collection regime as one of the costliest in the world.
Originally scheduled to vacate her office (after serving the maximum two terms) on Monday April 9, her exit will now take effect from Thursday, April 5 on account of the Easter holidays on Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9.