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FIRS Cautions MDAs: Stop Contracting Tax Assessment, Collection, Enforcement To Consultants

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has cautioned Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) against the appointment of consultants and concessionaires to collect taxes due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies, as the FIRS is the sole agency of government saddled with the responsibility of tax collection.

In a Public Notice it issued Thursday, 22nd September, 2022, signed by its Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, the FIRS accused some MDAs of including functions of assessment, collection, accounting and enforcement of taxes and levies in their agreements with concessionaires and consultants.

“It has come to the notice of the Federal Inland Revenue Service that some Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) are appointing concessionaires or consultants for the assessment, collection, accounting or enforcement of taxes and levies due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies.

“Some MDAs include such functions in their agreements with concessionaires or consultants,” the Public Notice read.

Citing Section 68(2) of its Establishment Act, the FIRS highlighted that by law it is “the primary agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria responsible for the administration, assessment, collection, accounting and enforcement of taxes and levies due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies, except as may be authorised by the Minister responsible for Finance by regulation as approved by the National assembly”.

The Notice also stated that while Section 12(4) of the FIRS Establishment Act has provided that the Service may engage consultants, accountants or other agents to carry out certain functions on its behalf, the law has expressly prohibited the carrying out of assessing and collecting tax by consultants.

The law provides that: “The Service may appoint and employ such consultants, including tax consultants or accountants and agents to transact any business or to do any act required to be transacted or done in the execution of its functions under this act; provided that such consultants shall not carry out duties of assessing and collecting tax or routine responsibilities of tax officials”.

According to the Notice, going by “the above provisions of the law, it is clear that the duty of administration, assessment, collection, accounting or enforcement of taxes and levies due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies is that of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and its tax officials. No part of these responsibilities can be contracted to a private enterprise by any other MDA.”

The Executive Chairman FIRS further cautioned MDAs who were in the business of appointing consultants for tax assessment and collection that they were not just acting against the letters of the law, but were committing offences that were punishable under the FIRS Establishment Act as amended.

“Furthermore, appointment or authorisation of any person, other than by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, to assess, collect, enforce or account for taxes constitutes an offence under Section 68(3) of the FIRSEA. Such appointment or authorisation is punishable, upon conviction, with fine, imprisonment or both under Section 68(6) of the Act.

“In view of the foregoing, where any person, individual or corporate, has any information or assistance that may be of use to the Service for the purpose of administration, assessment, collection, accounting or enforcement of taxes and levies due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies or for the performance of its duties under the FIRSEA, such person should approach the Service directly with such useful information,” the Notice read.

Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola
Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman, FIRS
(Media & Communication)
September 22, 2022

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51st AGM: GSK Consumer Nigeria PLC Grows Revenue By 5.42% Amid Tough Operating Environment

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GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, a leading research-based pharmaceutical, and healthcare company has declared a dividend of N538.14 million for the year ended December 2021. The declaration follows an impressive 5.42% growth in revenue of N22.445 billion amidst a very challenging operating environment compared to N21.30 billion recorded in 2020.

During the Company’s 51st Annual General Meeting, which was held in Lagos, shareholders approved the dividend at 45kobo per share, representing a 11.11% increase from the 40kobo declared in 2020. The shareholders appreciated this growth and reaffirmed their belief in the leadership of the company to grow the business into the next year.

According to the financial statement of the Company, profit after tax for the year under review grew by 5.88% to N658.81 million from N622.23 million in 2020. Speaking at the AGM, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, Mr Edmund Onuzo thanked the shareholders for their support throughout the year and promised that the Board and Management will continue to explore opportunities for the growth, profitability and sustainability of the Company.

Onuzo commended the Nigerian government’s efforts to achieve economic stability in the system and stated that the country will remain on the path of growth and development if the several economic reforms of the government are diligently implemented.

“It is encouraging to note that the Nigerian government is constantly adopting different mechanisms to diversify the Nigerian economy from the single-minded posture that largely depends on oil revenue for foreign exchange. Whilst we appreciate the efforts of the Government, it is important to enjoin them to maintain the focus on improving the operating environment with more policies aimed at providing a more conducive environment for businesses to thrive”, he said.

Regarding the Company’s social support activities particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, Onuzo said GSK’s special purpose is to improve the quality of human life by helping people do more, feel better and live longer. “In 2021, through GSK’s partnership with Save the Children International (SCI) (INSPIRING project) GSK donated medical equipment, instruments, and consumables worth over N100 million to 30 health facilities in Lagos and Jigawa States in Nigeria.

Additionally, we made a direct donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and Medical Guild, Lagos to provide much-needed protection to our frontline health workers”, Onuzo explained. In his remarks, the Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Plc, Mr Kunle Oyelana said the achievement in the year under review is reflective of a collaborative effort from all key stakeholders of the healthcare delivery subsector.

According to Oyelana, GSK is committed to remaining Nigeria’s leading healthcare company, with its pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products allowing Nigerians to do more, feel better, and live longer. “We are pleased with the results for 2021, it spoke to our dedication and partnership with stakeholders in ensuring growth in the business and the resilient spirit of the GSK team. We will continue to evolve to ensure sustained growth in our business operations bordered around our three business areas of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare”, he said.

About GSK
GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Our Head Office is located at 1, Industrial Avenue, Ilupeju. We own some of the world’s best-loved healthcare brands including Sensodyne, Macleans, Panadol, and Andrews Liver Salt. For further information please visit www.gsk.com.ng

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Sterling Bank Set To Change Name, Read Why

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Nigeria commercial bank, Sterling Bank Plc has moved to change its name after getting stakeholders’ consent of converting to a holding company.

This was disclosed by the board, as it will create a chance for the bank to have a controlling stake in companies where it currently holds a substantial interest.

Recall, a few days back, the bank convened a meeting of shareholders at the order of a court as part of the last key stages of the corporate reformation.

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According to a report seen on the Nigerian Exchange Limited’s website, the bank will become known as Sterling Financial Holdings Company when the transition is delivered.

Becoming a Holding Company will see the bank have the leverage to make inroads into other sectors within financial services apart from commercial banking which its current license and those of many lenders in Nigeria do not allow.

Such sectors, comprising pension; asset management; payments, and fintech, are gaining appeal among banks and provide chances for diversification as competition for interest income, which accounts for the bulk of the revenue of the banking industry turns increasingly fierce.

Stanbic IBTC Holdings, one of the early birds that adopted the Holdco structure, is a testament that the Holdco structure is a model that works. Its pension unit controls around one-third of the N14.2 trillion assets under management as the market leader in the Nigerian pension industry.

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With the key resolutions for the scheme of arrangement now approved, the transition will proceed to its final phase where regulators including the Central Bank of Nigeria are to sanction the new entity into existence.

“The bank will transfer all the assets, liabilities, and undertakings related to the non-interest banking business to The Alternative Bank Limited,” the statement said in reference to its newest subsidiary that received in approval-in-principle in December.

Sterling Bank’s issued and paid-up share capital valued at 28.8 billion outstanding shares will passé to the holding company in exchange for the allotment of those same units to shareholders on completion.

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Victor Ikpeba Endorses Moores Energy

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Super Eagles legend, Victor Ikpeba has endorsed Moores Energy, as he encouraged residents of the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, and its environs to patronise the brand at its retailing station.

At a media launch where Ikpeba was unveiled as Moores Energy brand ambassador, the Nigerian football legend expressed confidence in the newly-established company floated by Bola Tom-Jones.

Referring to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Moores Energy, Ikpeba stated: “I have no Bola now for over a decade and I have strong confidence in her offerings. She’s someone very passionate about people, especially as it relates to their well-being. With her establishing this energy company, I believe it’s her way of contributing to Nigeria’s green energy drive.

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Victor Ikpeba joins Bola Tom-Jones to unveil the newly-purchased bobtail truck of Moores Energy

The gas retailing facility of Moores Energy is fully-automated, and it is a proven solution to reduce exposure to household air pollution and disease.”

On her part, Tom-Jones expressed gratitude to Ikpeba, saying she couldn’t think of any other celebrity that carries the dignity her brand represents.

Tom-Jones further explained the unique selling proposition of her brand, as she unveiled her newly-purchased bobtail truck.

What we are doing differently at Moores Energy, is that we give our customers the assurance of getting the right quantity, and quality. So, if you are coming for your 12.5kg, you are sure to get the exact thing, and that can take you several weeks. We have as well subsidised our rates for senior citizens to encourage them to make use of cooking gas in their homes. Our products are affordable and accessible to everyone,” she added.

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