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40 CSOs Apology, Pass Vote Of Confidence On FIRS Chairman

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Fourty Civil Society Organisations under the auspices of the Civil Society Committee Against Corruption in Nigeria (CSCACN) has given a vote of confidence to the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Zacch Adedeji, for his exceptional leadership and achievements in revenue collection, tax administration, and contribution to national development.

At a press conference in Abuja, on Monday the CSCACN apologized for a previous petition that had accused Mr. Adedeji of wrongdoing, stating that the allegations were based on inaccurate and misleading information.

The CSCACN represented by Abdullah Mohammed, Segun Ojo Abayomi, Syvester Agbonlahor, Nwachukwu Emeka and Ahmed Sanni during the press conference acknowledged Mr. Adedeji’s strategic vision, innovative approach, and effective management of the FIRS, which he said have resulted in significant improvements in revenue collection, taxpayer engagement, and institutional capacity.

The CSCACN highlighted Mr. Adedeji’s achievements, including the automation and digitalization of tax administration processes, improved taxpayer sensitization and engagement, strengthened institutional capacity and governance, and contribution to national development through increased revenue collection.

“CSCACN would like to sincerely apologize to the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Zacch Adedeji, for the petition we had submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau. We regret any inconvenience or damage this may have caused to his reputation and the integrity of the FIRS. Our actions were driven by a genuine concern for transparency and accountability in public office, but we should have verified the information more thoroughly before making such serious allegations,” he said.

Aminu said under Mr. Adedeji’s leadership, the FIRS has strengthened its internal control mechanisms and compliance with best practices in corporate governance, adding that this has helped to enhance the overall integrity and credibility of the agency, making it a more trustworthy and reliable partner in the country’s tax ecosystem.

He said further that, “Moreover, the FIRS under Mr. Adedeji’s stewardship has collaborated with other government agencies and international partners to combat tax evasion, money laundering, and other financial crimes. This has helped to strengthen the country’s economic resilience and protect the integrity of its financial system, which are essential for attracting foreign investment and fostering sustainable economic growth.”

The group expressed its unwavering support and confidence in Mr. Adedeji’s ability to continue leading the FIRS to greater heights, and called upon all Nigerians, the government, and relevant stakeholders to support the FIRS in its efforts to enhance tax administration and contribute to national development.

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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says

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A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.


He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.


Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.


“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.


“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.


“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.


“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.


“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.


He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”


The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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