Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Ilorin and District Society started-off
its 2019 Annual Tax Week with a Public Lecture on Monday, 4th of November 2019.
The lecture on the intricate topic, “Taxation & Development: A Siamese
Twins or Triplet?” was delivered by a seasoned tax administrator, Prof.
Muritala Awodun, former Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue
Service (KW-IRS). Other key participants at the lecture includes the President
of CITN Ilorin and District Society, Mr Ayodimeji Olalekan, Barr. Lateef
Okandeji, Director Legal and Enforcement, KW-IRS, Provost CITN Tax Academy, Mr
Richard Olushola and Alhaji Nuhu Olaide Former Director, Corporate Directorate,
quoting Nicholas Kaldor, pointed out the fundamentality of taxation to
development. He emphasised that development of a nation is achieved through
public finances constituting majorly of taxes. He equally stressed that
taxation and development are united by governance as the government has a major
role to play in the appropriate utilisation of public funds.
On Tuesday 5th November was the debate session titled ‘Is the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) by the Federal Government justified?’ where some Tertiary institutions such as: Kwara State University (KWASU), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Al-hikmah University, Kwara State Polytechnic were participants. The panel of judges for the debate were: Barrister Lukman Mustapha and Barrister Abubakar Abdulsalam. The winner of the debate was said to represent the North Central Zone during the National Tax debate organized by Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria (CITN) at the National Level. At the end of the debate, Al-hikmah University, emanated as the 2nd runner up, Kwara State University (KWASU), the 1st runner up and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) emerged as the winner of the debate.
day three scheduled programme started with the welcoming of the 14th
CITN President, Dame Gladys Olajumoke Simplice and other executives of CITN in
persons of Prof. M.T. Abdulrazaq FCTI, Adefisayo Awogbade, FCTI, Bar. Samuel Agbeluyi,
FCTI, Mr. Adesina Adedayo, FCTI, Julius Aderemi Adimula, FCTI, AND Hon. Taiwo
Abdullahi FCTI at the airport, by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Mrs. Shade
Omoniyi, KW-IRS staff amongst whom is Mr. Temi Kolawole, Head, Corporate
Affairs and members of CITN Ilorin and District Society led by their Chairman Ayodimeji
Olalekan Fatai. Places for the courtesy visit included KW-IRS, Corporate Head
Office, Bureau of Lands, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi and CITN
Tax Academy located along Ajase-ipo Road.
KW-IRS Corporate Head office, Mrs. Simplice applauded the Service for steadily
rendering a smooth platform for cordiality between both bodies (CITN and
KW-IRS) since inception and expressed her confidence in a better and promising
future under the administration of the new Executive Chairman, Mrs. Shade
Omoniyi. She further expressed her profound appreciation to the management of
the Service for the sustained support with resources (human and material) towards
the success of CITN programmes (MPTP, Annual Tax Conferences) held over the
years. She urged KW-IRS staff to ensure they participate in all CITN Ilorin and
District Society’s activities as it is a prerequisite for accessing some
privileges from the Institute such as upgrading of members to fellowship and
nomination to serve in committees of the Council. She also appealed to the Executive
Chairman to help intercede on the request to the Kwara State Government with
the provision of land facility for CITN preferably within town so as to impact
on the attractiveness and marketability of the academy.
President also informed the gathering that CITN’s forthcoming events include; the
Institute’s 22nd Annual Tax Conference scheduled to hold from 14th
to 17th April 2020 in Lagos State, themed ‘Taxation and Economic
Competitiveness: Imperative for National Development’ and the Annual Dinner and
Awards Ceremony to be held on 23rd November 2019 urging KW-IRS
members to ensure they attend the programmes respectively.
Shade Omoniyi appreciated the CITN President and her entourage and promised to relay
all CITN’s request to the Executive Governor of State in due course. She
assured that KW-IRS will continue to partner with CITN in various forms in
order to achieve good tax administrator across board.
part of the scheduled progamme and also in soliciting for assistance for the development
of Tax Academy in Kwara State, the president further visited Kwara State Bureau
of Land in order to request for needed assistance in accordance to the law
guiding land acquisition in Kwara State. She was received by the Deputy
Director Bureau of Lands, Alhaji. AbdulRahman Wahab and other staff of the
Bureau. Alhaji. Wahab assured the president of CITN that her request will be
forwarded to the appropriate authority in due course.
Simplice with her entourage proceeded to the Office of the Deputy Governor of
the State, Mr. Kayode Alabi where she described her visit as homecoming and
appreciated the State Government for providing structure for good tax
administration. She stated her purpose of visitation to the Kwara State
Government which is to appreciate what has been done for CITN with the
provision of 3.08 hectares of land along Ilorin Ajase-Ipo Area, Amoyo, Kwara
State and to further seek a re-allocation of another site for the CITN Tax
Academy, preferably along the Ilorin Airport road and not less than the present
size of the land they currently have.
response, the Deputy Governor Mr. Kayode Alabi assured the CITN Boss that the
State Government will critically look into the request and facilitate provision
of the land using the appropriate medium within a reasonable time and respond
back to CITN. Mr. Alabi thanked CITN Boss for the visit and wishes the
Institute productive programmes that will improve taxation in Nigeria.
highlights of the third day event was the Mandatory Professional Training Programme
(MPTP). The training featured three paper presentation sessions. The first
facilitator, Pastor Benjamin Omonayajo while discussing the topic, “Ethical
Issues in Tax Planning: Setting a Successful Tax Practice” accentuated the
significance of upholding ethical standards in tax administration. He discussed
at length various integral issues such as forms of tax planning, tax avoidance
and tax evasion.
second paper presented by Alhaji Ibrahim Salaudeen centred on the amendment of
the approved list for collection of taxes and levies. He stated that the tax
authority responsible for the collection of taxes and levies are the Federal, State
and Local Government. The third presenter, Professor Godwin Oyedokun expounded
on tapping into the untapped informal sector as a way of expanding revenue base
in Nigeria. According to him, the tax – GDP ratio in Nigeria would not improve
until the informal sector is subject to tax.
highpoint of the training was the arrival and warm welcome of the CITN
President, Mrs Olajumoke Simplice alongside other executives including Mr
Adedayo Adeshina, Vice President; Mr Adefisayo Awogbade, Registrar; Prof. M.T.
Abdulrasaq, the Provost of CITN Tax Academy as well as the KW-IRS team. The
President, while noting the importance of an institute such as CITN, encouraged
training attendees to participate actively in various highly instructive
programmes available at CITN.
Shade Omoniyi, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, who together with her team
received Mrs Simplice, remarked that the Service was excited to welcome CITN
officials as it affords everyone the opportunity to discuss and address issues
pertaining to the improvement of revenue generation in Kwara State. She also asserted
that KW-IRS is actively involved in CITN noting that most staff of the Service
were either executive members or student members of the institute. True to the
Executive Chairman’s words, KW-IRS staff constituted a large percentage of
Annual Tax week in continuance was the tax walk on 7th November,
2019 within Ilorin. The purpose of the walk was to create more tax awareness, tax
advocacy, sensitization and relationship building with taxpayers. Partakers of
the walk includes Mr. Sunday Agbana, Head, Tax Assessment, KW-IRS, Mr. Rufai
Kabir, Head, Accounts and Finance, KW-IRS, members of the CITN Ilorin and
District Society, KW-IRS Staff and other tax professional.
hikers who initially converged at the Ministry of Finance, GRA went by KW-IRS Corporate
Head Office, where they were joined by some staff of the Service who are
equally members of the Institute.
awareness saw individuals on the street being educated about the importance of
tax payment. This is to ensure that everyone in the State is well acquainted
with the procedures and specifications of tax administration for the
development of the State.
walk extended from GRA through Post Office, Taiwo Isale, Unity Road, Federal
Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Obbo Road, Challenge, and then back to the
KW-IRS Corporate Head Office.