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FIRS: Acting Chairman Not Qualified — Workers

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Workers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service have condemned the immediate past Chairman of the FIRS, Mr Babatunde Fowler, for handing over to the Coordinating Director, Domestic Taxes Group, Abiodun Aina.

The union faulted Fowler’s decision during an emergency meeting held on Tuesday at the Association of Civil Servants’ secretariat in Abuja.

In a communiqué signed by 17 senior officials of the union, it said that Aina could not be regarded as the most senior director in the FIRS.

The communique was also sent to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria and the President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union.

“The attention of the Joint Union Council of FIRS has been drawn to the handover of the chairmanship of FIRS on acting capacity to Mr Abiodun Aina on Monday December 9 2019.

“This was a clear departure from the Presidential directive on the handover as he (Aina) is not the most senior director.

“Mr Abiodun Aina in the first instance does not have the basic qualifications to be employed into the Service.

“Secondly, his appointment to the position of Coordinating Director was against the provision of Section 2.19 of the FIRS Human Resource Policies and Processes which states that “appointment to the post of the Coordinating Director shall be made by the board on the recommendations of the executive chairman. The appointment shall be open to all confirmed directors of the Service and it shall be competitive based on experience, competence and seniority.

“Aina was never a director in the Service. He was a Senior Special Assistant to Fowler

“If by the close of work on Friday, 13th December, no action is taken to this effect, the union will no longer guarantee further industrial harmony in the system,” the communique read in part.

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