President Bola Tinubu has officially approved the appointment of Zaccheus Adedeji as the Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), coinciding with the imminent commencement of the terminal leave for the outgoing chairman, Muhammed Nami.
A statement released by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Thursday confirmed the change in leadership at the FIRS. According to the statement, “Hon. Zaccheus Adedeji is hereby appointed in acting capacity for 90 days before his subsequent confirmation as the substantive Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service for a term of four years in the first instance.”
The President has issued instructions for the immediate commencement of a three-month pre-retirement leave for Mr. Muhammad Nami, who has held the position of FIRS Chairman since December 2019. This move aligns with Public Service Rule (PSR) 120243 and will ultimately lead to his formal retirement from service on December 8, 2023.
Zaccheus Adedeji, previously serving as the Special Adviser to the President on Internal Revenue, will now assume the role of Acting Chairman at the Federal Inland Revenue Service, effective immediately.
This leadership transition marks a significant development in Nigeria’s tax administration and revenue collection efforts. It will be closely monitored as Adedeji takes on the responsibility of overseeing the operations and policies of the FIRS during this transitional period, pending his formal confirmation as the substantive Executive Chairman in the near future.