The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) have inaugurated a joint committee to enhance revenue generation in the telecom industry.
The committee comprises senior and management staff of the two agencies would work towards the implementation of inter-agency strategies for enhancing national revenues in the sector.
This was disclosed in a statement by NCC spokesperson, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, on Thursday.
The NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, inaugurated the 17-member committee on behalf of the Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, at the NCC’s Board Room in Abuja on Tuesday.
The committee comprises six officials of NCC and eleven officials of FIRS, the statement said.
Coordinating Director for Compliance Support Group, Dr. Dick Irri, who represented the FIRS’ Executive Chairman at the event.
Adewolu stated that the terms of reference (ToR) of the Committee include: review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the NCC and the FIRS on June 9, 2020; and 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 telecom service providers’ networks vis-à-vis the Tax Authority’s information needs from the telecoms sector.
In his comments, Dr. Irri advised the Committee to take the assignments very seriously. “I would like to task you to take this assignment as a national matter as we expect the two agencies to work in harmony, collaborate effectively and have a warm handshake that will make this synergy between the two agencies a great example of collaboration between Federal Government agencies towards enhancing fiscal governance in Nigeria,” he said.