FIRS Boss, Nami Muhammad Wins ICAN Merit Award, BusinessDay Excellence In Public Service Award 2022

By Miriam Humbe, Abuja
The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Muhammad Nami has been named winner of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Merit Award 2023.
A statement signed on Sunday by Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman, FIRS on Media & Communication, Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola said Nami’s award was in its Non-Members Category at the Institute’s 2023 Annual Dinner Awards.
He said Mr. Nami, who received the Award at the Monarch Event Centre, Lagos, on Saturday was described by the President of the Association, Mallam Tijani Musa Isa as an unassuming and humble achiever.
Mallam Isa said Nami had led the FIRS to excel in the international tax circle despite global economic challenges by achieving milestones in revenue collection.
Mallam Isa said: “This Award is in recognition for your positive impact in the society. You have made significant contribution to the institute and to Nigeria.
“The governing board deemed it fit to acknowledge the role you have played and your outstanding achievements”.
In his Citation, Mr. Muhammad Nami was described as “a go-getter and an ingenious leader.”
The citation further said that, “the reforms he is implementing at FIRS attest to his dexterity, visionary leadership and patriotism.
“Under his visionary leadership, the FIRS in 2022 achieved an unprecedented revenue collection of N10.1 trillion, which is the highest tax collection ever made in the history of the country.”
The Executive Chairman, FIRS appreciated the Council Members of the Institute, saying that he had been lucky to work with their members through his 32 year career.
Nami said: “Since I left the university, over 32 years ago, I have had the privilege and luck to be directly and indirectly associated with ICAN members: from the PKF, to Manam Professional Services, and now I am working directly with well over 3,000 members of this Institute as the Executive Chairman of the FIRS.
“I feel blessed by this honour and privilege. I am grateful to God, and to all of you who have found me worthy of this recognition. I pray God rewards all of you enormously”.
Mr. Nami dedicated the award to his alma mater from primary to tertiary levels; his former colleagues at the Presidential Committee on Audit of Stolen Recovered Stolen Assets.
Others were members of the Tax Advisory Committee of the FIRS; all taxpayers; the Board Members, Management and staff of the FIRS, and his family members.
In a similar recognition earlier in the week, on Thursday 4th May, 2023, the FIRS boss was named the winner of the BusinessDay Excellence in Public Service Award 2022, at the BusinessDay States Competitiveness And Good Governance Awards 2022.
The country’s influential business newspaper explained that it named him the winner of the Award for his “visionary and leadership qualities [that] has brought tremendous change to the FIRS.”
BusinessDay further said: “Under your leadership, you transformed the tax administration and compliance landscape in Nigeria.
“You deployed the revolutionary TaxPro Max: FIRS’ homegrown digital platform for tax administration which allows taxpayers to register, file returns and pay their taxes easily from any location other than their respective tax offices.
“You have repositioned the operations and staff of the FIRS, and introduced technological tools to institute more transparency, accountability, and effectiveness, which in turn has translated into the increased capacity to deliver on the mandate with results.”

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