Lagos Assembly confirms Ogunsanwo as new LIRS boss
LAGOS State House of Assembly had approved Folarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo as the new Chairman of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS).
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode recommended Ogunsanwo, a tax administrator of 24-years of service in the State, to the House for screening and confirmation.
Also, the governor has nominated four people to form the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission as provided for by the law. The nominees are: Prof. Lanre Fagbohun; Dr. Omogbai Omohebor; Mojisola Sodipo and Rotimi Seriki.
It would be recalled that office of the LIRS chairman became vacant last month with the appointment of Babatunde Fowler to head the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Ambode’s appointee for Fowler’s replacement, Ogunsanwo, 48-year-old, hails from Ibonwon, Epe and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State. He was a Regional Manager and Coordinator in LIRS until his new appointment.
Responding to questions asked by lawmaker during the screening, Ogunsanwo said his main plan was to have more people in the tax net and increase revenue for the state government, especially from the informal sector.
He observed that about 65 per cent of taxpayers come from the informal sector. But out of the four million Lagosians in the informal sector, only 1.5m are in the tax net currently. LIRS ranks in an average of N21b monthly into the coffers of the State government in 2014.
Ogunsanwo said using Information and Technology, “we would be able to capture the rather dynamic sector, do extensive enumeration, have more people into the tax net, and make more money for the state government.”
On why he is the governor’s favourite among other senior colleagues in the LIRS, he said: “I have worked in that place for 24 years and I have traversed all the sessions of LIRS. I want to believe that i’m the best man for the job. Revenue is the most important, and I will work with all our members to give Lagos a LIRS we all can be proud of.”
Ogunsanwo promised that the LIRS, under him, would have zero-tolerance for tax evasion, as he pleaded for the support of the House to back him with effective regulations.
Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, commended the governor’s nominee, adding that has commendable objectives would add to the state’s revenue, which means more infrastructure.
Obasa, however, urged the chairman to also look into complaints by some LIRS workers on lingering promotion and welfare issues.