Buhari Fires FIRS Boss, Appoints Replacement



President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday fired the executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Samuel Odugbesan.

He has subsequently appointed William Babatunde Fowler as acting chairman of the agency, according to a statement by the special adviser to the President, on media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The statement also added that Buhari has appointed Aliyu Yahaya Gusau as director-general, Budget Office of the Federation.

Odugbesan, a former director at the FIRS, was appointed to the position by former President Goodluck Jonathan in March, 2015 in acting capacity.

The FIRS has not had a substantive chairman since the exit of Ifueko Omogui-Okauru in 2012.



    Before his appointment, Fowler, served as the chief executive officer/executive chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue between 2005 and 2014.

    He had his higher education in the United States where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration degree from the California State University.

    He has worked in the banking sector for about 20 years.

    He holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree of the Irish International University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Business Management Association of the United Kingdom.

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