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Federal Govt Can Train Area Boys To Be Tax Officers – Oyedele | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jan 21, 2024

 

The Chairman of the Presidential Tax and Fiscal Policy Reform Committee, Taiwo Oyedele, has outlined ongoing efforts to streamline multiple taxes at state and local government levels.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, Oyedele emphasized the need to engage all stakeholders, including Area Boys, in order to prevent potential crises resulting from the suspension of multiple taxes.

He proposed a strategy where Area Boys could be trained as tax collectors, receiving salaries for their services. Oyedele highlighted that the skills acquired during such training could lead to new opportunities for them.

He stated, “Our strategy is to think about what’s best for our country and get all stakeholders to align. Let’s make them see the bigger picture and come along with us. That’s the plan we have.”

He said, “We’re also thinking about how you bring all stakeholders on board because at the end of the day, if you stop the livelihood of anyone, whether they are earning it legitimately or not, you can create crises that would be difficult to manage but once you bring everybody in, maybe we need to train those area boys and touts, give them uniforms and then they’ll be the ones to ask you to show the evidence on your phone, right? And then they get paid a decent salary.

“And if you give them the skills, some of them will on their own, move on from that job to something else, right? So, our strategy is let’s think about what’s best for our country and get all stakeholders to align.”

Regarding updates on the recommendations submitted by the Tax Reform Committee, Oyedele acknowledged the time frame involved in fiscal policy matters.

He expressed that progress could have been faster but mentioned that significant recommendations were in different stages of implementation.

Oyedele specifically noted the importance of the Emergency Economic Intervention Bill designed to amend various laws and implement changes for economic stability.

He provided insights into the collaboration between fiscal authorities, central bank policies, and trade policies. While recognizing lawmakers’ priorities with the 2024 budget, Oyedele affirmed the committee’s intention to present the bill, urging its prioritization for prompt passage.

On updates on the recommendations submitted by the Tax Reform Committee, Oyedele said, “Fiscal policy matters are not as quick. So if you make a monetary policy decision today, you can see the impact tomorrow. Sometimes, fiscals take a little longer but even at that, I feel like we could have made progress faster.

“We submitted our first report in October with so many recommendations. Over 20 recommendations. As of today, maybe about three of them have been fully implemented. The remaining ones are in different stages of implementation.

“The biggest instrument to implement our recommendation is the Emergency Economic Intervention Bill that we came up with, trying to amend about 15 different laws and implement some very important changes that will help with price stability in terms of inflation, will help also in terms of costs that will help in terms of providing relief to the right people who are most impacted, that will help take the burden of small businesses And that would also in a large, a large part help with, you know, foreign exchange as well. I know that’s the purview of the central bank.

“But we also think it’s an area where we can work together between the monitoring of fiscal authorities and also even align with trade policies. So, those are different stages.

“In fairness to the lawmakers, we haven’t presented the bills to them. And that was also because once they had the budget for 2024 it became their priority. And we are aware that they were walking around the clock just to get the budget out of the way.

“But now that that’s out of the way, we want to try and prioritise this and send the bill to them and for them to also pass it as a matter of urgency. So the Nigerian people can begin to feel the positive impact sooner rather than later, you know.”

 

By Alexandra Dominic-Chukwu

 

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  1. I don’t understand,
    Area boys Bawo,
    Why is PwC not recruiting them into their Tax Academy and send them to client office as consultants.
    There are lots of graduates that are jobless, spent money to go to higher institutions, graduated for many years without jobs and still leaving with their parents.

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