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ADDRESS: Curtesy Call on the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Mr. Williams Babatunde Fowler

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ADDRESS BY ALHAJI GAMBO IBRAHIM GUJUNGU, FNY NATIONAL PRESIDENT AREWA YOUTH FORUM ON THE OCASSION OF COURTESY CALL ON MR. WILLIAMS BABATUNDE FOWLER, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL INLAND REVENUE SERVICE, IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017
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Protocol

Our Host, Mr. Wiiliams Babatunde Fowler, Executive Chairman Federal Inland Revenue Service, Member of the prestigious United Nations International Experts Committee on Tax and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation, Ghana,

Distinguished Directors of FIRS
Distinguished National Executive Council Members, State Coordinators and Representatives of the Arewa Youth Forum
Distinguished National Executive Council Members, State Coordinators and Representatives of the Arewa Youth Forum
Members of the Press
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a thing of joy for me and the National Executive Council Members of Arewa Youth Forum to be received here today in the corporate headquarters of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), presently considered as the heart-beat of the Nation. Permit me to use this opportunity to thank the Executive Chairman of International repute, for accepting to receive our delegation at a short notice and inspite of your tight schedules. This honour done to us is highly appreciated; it goes to indicate and prove that FIRS under the able leadership of Mr. Fowler is deeply passionate about Youth Movement as the main driver for grass-root development as well as policy implementation.

Mr. Chairman Sir, Distinguished Directors and Management Staff, we are in the Corporate office of FIRS today to pay our homage, lend our support to the ongoing wonderful activities of the Organisation in National revenue generation especially at a period when there is a sharp drop in revenue from sell of crude oil at a cost of below $50 yet the FIRS was able to realize over N3.03 trillion on 2016. We are also here to brief and acquaint the FIRS boss on the few activities of the Forum and finally seek ways of collaboration and partnership between the two organizations using our structures, particularly on grass-root advocacy on tax generation, in our collective efforts to contribute to our National IGR for sustainability. Sir we commend your record-breaking efforts here in FIRS and our National history. Through the activities of Mr. Fowler, Nigerians are able to know that much can be generated internally without relying on oil revenue. CONGRATULATIONS Sir.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, as the umbrella body of progressive Youth of Northern extraction, the Arewa Youth Forum from its establishment to date and through its membership spread has organize various developmental programs some of which are in partnership with Ministries, Agencies and Departments. I am happy to inform the Executive and Management of FIRS that recently and within the period of September 2014 to October 2015, the AYF implemented the 1st circle of US Department of State fully funded ‘Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building Project’ in the four-4 States of Northern Nigeria i.e. (Kaduna, Bauchi, Nasarawa and Taraba) respectively. The project was AYF noble contribution to the Federal and State Government’s efforts to help the Nation in addressing and mitigating the security and peace building challenges. For the record, we wish to report that the project has achieved its desired objectives because it has served as an avenue where over one thousand Youths across these four mentioned States and twelve communities were trained as Community Peace Ambassadors and Actors. We are happy to also report that through this program, we able to reconcile between fighting communities and groups thereby making them to with one another. Our hope to these communities in the next phase of the program however, is to provide means and sources of economic livelihood for these trained Peace Actors; so that they can be economically engaged and empowered.

It is in view of the fore-goings and in order to expand our operational landscape in line with our establishment mandate that we kindly request to be fully involved in the implementation activities programs of FIRS. As Youth umbrella body, we are bold to report that much need to be done in our rural areas and across the length and breadth of the North on issues of tax; what it stands for, why it needs to paid promptly, punishment for non-payment and its various benefits to the society. We are therefore assuring the FIRS of our readiness at all times to help in this advocacy.

Permit me to once again congratulate and commend our internationally celebrated Executive Chairman on your numerous achievements that you brought to the revenue generating Agency and the country at large from your assumption of office to present time. We are particularly happy to see that Mr. Chairman’s plan in revenue generation engagement is targeting at our Youth, this is seen in the recent announcement made by the Honourable Minister of Finance that a quite number of our Youth will be engaged on contract basis to help in National revenue generation drive advocacy. This thought is highly commendable. This commendation will be worthy with a mention of the six-6 electronic payment system that was recently introduce, these are: e-Stamp Duty, e-tax pay, Remita, e-Receipt, e-filing and e-Tax Clearance Certificate e-TCC- to make tax payment easy as ABC, anytime, anywhere.

In concluding this address, We have agreed to also use the occasion to allow our Revenue Guru to speak to the gathering on a proposed topic: ‘Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) a Vital Component for Socio-economic Development: The Role of the Youth population in driving this process. Please accept our Congratulations as we look forward to this day!

Finally, I thank you once again on behalf of the Arewa Youth Forum for the honour done to us and for your continued support to grass-root development and continued effort that has gain you global prominence.

Thank you and God bless.

Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, FNY
National President