Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCT IRS set to commence operations, Bello pledges early passage of 2018 budget

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Malam Muhammad Bello, has assured residents of the territory that the FCT Internal Revenue Service will soon commence operations to boost revenue generation.

Bello also revealed that the House of Representatives has approved the confirmation of Malam Abdullahi Oteh Attah, as the Chairman/Chief Executive of Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service, FCT-IRS.

This development brings to a close the process of ratification by the two chambers and paves way for the agency’s commencement of operations.

The minister made this revelation when he addressed an interactive session of the FCT Executive Council, with Area Council Chairmen, heads of security agencies and FCT traditional rulers, held last week.

Bello expressed hope that the coming into effect of the FCT-IRS would boost the Administration’s revenue profile and provide funds for the implementation of projects that would make life meaningful for FCT residents.

Bello stressed that the session was convened in order to build strong partnership between the various stakeholders and the FCT leadership, adding that the administration considered it essential to hear from the traditional rulers, area council chairmen and other stakeholders: their priorities, challenges and suggestions for input in the 2018 budget.

He assured the officials that the administration is working to ensure early preparation of the 2018 budget, while reiterating his renewed emphasis on bringing development closer to the people in the second phase of his administration.

According to him, “FCT Administration is desirous of ensuring that the benefits of governance are felt at the grassroots. This is why the focus of the second half of this Administration would centre on education, health facilities, rural infrastructure, among others.”

Bello revealed that FCT is set to recruit 300 teachers to bridge the gap created by various retirements and other sources of manpower attrition in the sector.

Stakeholders present at the occasion expressed hope that the coming into force of the revenue agency would usher in an era of improved funding for the FCT Administration and provide more resources for meeting the infrastructural and utility needs of the Territory.

The new Chief Executive of FCT-IRS, Mr. Attah, is a 1978 Accountancy graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Born in January 15, 1952, he hails from Doma in Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

He was General Manager Finance, NITEL, 1996 and later founding member of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC – 2003.

 

Attah was also former Special Adviser to the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS and a Director in the same organisation –2010 until his retirement in 2013.

He is currently a member of the Governing Council of the Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State.  

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