Nigeria’s revenue profile has seen challenging times, due to various factors including corruption by officials in the country’s foremost revenue collection agency.
TheCornetNews has confirmed the large-scale corruption perpetrated by staffers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) across its field offices.
The agency had in its internal memo dated September 27, 2021, sighted by this medium, vowed to take disciplinary actions against errant staff.
The memo, signed by Bashir Umar, Director, Human Capital Management Department, was addressed to all staff of the FIRS.
The FIRS, in the said memo, admitted that “sharp practices (of its staff) across field offices and other illegal practices bordering on illegitimacy” have led to “loss of revenue”.
The revenue vowed to treat the acts as “serious misconduct”, threatening to take ‘appropriate sanctions in line with (its) extant policy”.
However, it will seem the FIRS have chosen to cover corrupt practices within its fold, in negation of its own policy.
It is moreso surprising that the service has failed to report the “sharp practices” to the police for investigation and possible prosecution of offenders.