A civil society organisation, Vanguard for Transparency and Accountability, has lauded the recently launched Whistle-Blower Initiative of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, for sustaining its pace-setting records in tax management reforms in Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement by the President of the anti-corruption crusade group, Paulycap Nnabuogor.
“The initiative which subjects the operations of LIRS to public scrutiny, will promote openness, accountability and ultimately enhance citizens’ participation in governance, boosting their trust in the activities of a sensitive agency of government,´ Nnabuogor, said.
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He said the anti-corruption group was convinced that the initiative was targeted at strengthening and re-invigorating frontiers in the fight against fraud and corruption and puts both the management and the staff of the agency on their toes to deliver their statutory roles in compliance with the global best practices.
The statement said, We are not particularly surprised that the Lagos State Government chose the LIRS as a pilot scheme for its Speak Up programme because of the reforms the Subair-led management of the revenue agency had carried out internally to boost its operations and enhance the capacity of its workforce.
“Before the birth of the Whistle-Blower Initiative, we were aware of the efforts of the LIRS management to promote accountability within the system and the importance Subair particularly attached to the welfare of his staff. Our findings show that the LIRS maintained the payment of performance allowances to the staff, and doesn’t joke with the prompt release of other pay, all geared towards enhancement of performance.”