Friday, 14 October 2016

Lagos Assembly confirms new LIRS boss

Ayodele Zubair

Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed Ayodele Zubair as the Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS).
The State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode had sent Zubair’s name to the House for approval as the new LIRS boss.
Born in 1960, Zubair is an accountant whose grandfather and father were professional accountants.
He is a graduate of Accounting from Manchester Polytechnic, worked for five years at Pricewater before he later became one of the directors at his father’s firm, Hamzat Zubair Folami & Co.

He is a fellow of some professional bodies in the country among which are Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN) and Institute of Taxation.
The new LIRS boss also told the lawmakers before his confirmation that he had worked as one of the pioneer directors at the state Lottery Board.
He promised to bring a new lease of transformations to raise tax collection in the state, saying through computerization and collaboration better results would be enhanced.
He added that his administration would beam its searchlight more on informal sector by incorporating them into the tax net of the state.
According to him, “informal sector is very significant for effective tax collection. We shall, for a start introduce presumptive tax at the informal sector and through this; we shall subsequently get additional information to raise more revenue.
“Through technology, computerization and collaboration, there shall be coordination to have sufficient data about every prospective tax payer,” Ayodele disclosed.

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