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Buhari replaces Fowler with Nami as FIRS boss



President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Muhammad Nami as the new chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Nami replaces Babatunde Fowler as the organisation’s chief executive.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday said Buhari also approved the composition of a new board for the organisation.

The Presidency described the new FIRS boss as a renowned tax consultant.

Fowler, who was appointed in 2015, has been directed to hand over to the most senior director on the board.

The board is composed of a member representing each of the six geographical zones and statutory representatives from a select number of ministries and government agencies.

Shehu said: “Mr. Muhammad Nami, a well-trained Tax, Accounting and Management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies, has almost three decades of practical working experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non-profit organisations.

“He is an expert in rendering advisory support services to investors in respect of new business start-ups and management of existing businesses. He has also continuously rendered outsourced services to clients in trading, service and manufacturing sectors of the nation’s economy.”

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Nami attended Bayero University, Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (1991) and a Masters of Business degree (2004) respectively.

He is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Debt Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria and Associate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.

He started his career with PFK in 1993 and rose to the position of a senior consultant in charge of tax management and advisory services. He is currently the managing consultant of Manam Professional Services (Chartered Tax Practitioners and Business Advisers) based in Kaduna, Abuja, Niger State.

Nami has served, and is still serving, on many companies’ Board and Statutory Board Audit Committees. He was appointed as a member, Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Stolen Assets in November 2017 by President Buhari. He is married with children.

Fowler, whose term of office expired on Monday, 9th December, 2019, is expected to hand over to the most senior director on the board, who will take charge, pending the Senate confirmation of the new board.