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NCC, FIRS Strengthen Ties To Boost Revenue In Telecoms Sector

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) have strengthened their partnership by forming a joint committee of senior and management staff from both agencies to develop inter-agency strategies for increasing national revenue in the telecommunications sector.

On behalf of the Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Muhammad Nami, the NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, inaugurated the 17-member committee at the NCC’s Board Room in Abuja.

According to a statement from NCC, the committee, which included six NCC officials and 11 FIRS officials, was inaugurated yesterday with senior NCC and FIRS officials, led by its Coordinating Director for Compliance Support Group, Dr. Dick Irri, who represented FIRS Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, at the event.

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The terms of reference (ToR) of the committee, according to Adewolu, are to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the NCC and the FIRS on June 9, 2020; and to carry out inter-agency interaction on the implementation of the NCC’s Revenue Assurance System (RAS), to ensure that it incorporates the needs of FIRS to the extent that RAS can remain the sole interface with telecoms services.

Given the committee’s composition, as well as the extensive experience and commitment of its members—which had informed the agencies’ selection of them—Adewolu stated that the NCC and FIRS managements expected nothing less than an excellent output from the Committee, and tasked them to work together harmoniously and in the national interest.

Irri, who headed the FIRS delegation at the inauguration, also exhorted the Committee to take the assignments seriously in his remarks. “I would like to charge you to treat this assignment as a national matter because we expect the two agencies to operate in harmony, collaborate successfully, and have a warm handshake,” he said.

The decision to establish the Committee was one of the major outcomes of a meeting between the FIRS and the NCC on March 8, 2022, convened at the request of Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, to discuss the FIRS’ request for data and documents from the telecoms industry to increase national revenues from the sector.

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) have strengthened their partnership by forming a joint committee of senior and management staff from both agencies to develop inter-agency strategies for increasing national revenue in the telecommunications sector.

On behalf of the Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Muhammad Nami, the NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, inaugurated the 17-member committee at the NCC’s Board Room in Abuja.

According to a statement from NCC, the committee, which included six NCC officials and 11 FIRS officials, was inaugurated yesterday with senior NCC and FIRS officials, led by its Coordinating Director for Compliance Support Group, Dr. Dick Irri, who represented FIRS Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, at the event.

READ MORE: FT Names FoodCo Among África’s Fastest-Growing Companies

The terms of reference (ToR) of the committee, according to Adewolu, are to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the NCC and the FIRS on June 9, 2020; and to carry out inter-agency interaction on the implementation of the NCC’s Revenue Assurance System (RAS), to ensure that it incorporates the needs of FIRS to the extent that RAS can remain the sole interface with telecoms services.

Given the committee’s composition, as well as the extensive experience and commitment of its members—which had informed the agencies’ selection of them—Adewolu stated that the NCC and FIRS managements expected nothing less than an excellent output from the Committee, and tasked them to work together harmoniously and in the national interest.

Irri, who headed the FIRS delegation at the inauguration, also exhorted the Committee to take the assignments seriously in his remarks. “I would like to charge you to treat this assignment as a national matter because we expect the two agencies to operate in harmony, collaborate successfully, and have a warm handshake,” he said.

The decision to establish the Committee was one of the major outcomes of a meeting between the FIRS and the NCC on March 8, 2022, convened at the request of Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, to discuss the FIRS’ request for data and documents from the telecoms industry to increase national revenues from the sector.

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