Nigeria: Adedeji replaces Nami as FIRS Executive Chairman

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President Bola Tinubu has appointed Zacchaus Adedeji as the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in an acting capacity pending his ratification by the National Assembly.

Adedeji will be in acting capacity for a 90-day period before his subsequent confirmation as the substantive Executive Chairman for a term of four years in the first instance subject to another four years’ term.

The Oyo State-born accounting guru is a First Class Graduate, Accounting, from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), obtained his MSc Accounting from the same institution and also got his PhD in Public Sector Finance from the OAU as well. He is a Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

An ex-manager at the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and also a former Commissioner of Finance in Oyo State. At the national level, he was an ex-Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC).Adedeji is currently the Special Adviser, Revenue to President Tinubu.

Consequently, the President directed the erstwhile FIRS Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Nami, to proceed on three months of pre-retirement leave, as provisioned by Public Service Rule (PSR) 120243, with immediate effect, leading to his eventual retirement from service on December 8, 2023.The presidency said Adedeji’s tenure takes immediate effect.

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