By Tony Obiechina
The Federal Government has reconstituted the Tax Appeal Tribunals in the six geo-political zones as well as Lagos and Federal Capital Territory.
The reconstitution of the Tribunals is in accordance with Section 2(1) of the Fifth Schedule of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Establishment Act.
Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who announced this on Thursday in Abuja, said the Tribunals would adjudicate over disputes arising from the operation of Federal Tax Laws and Regulations in the country.
A statement by the Minister’s Media Adviser, Mr Oluyinka Akintunde, quoted her as saying that “the reconstitution of the Tax Appeal Tribunals is an essential part of building tax payers trust and confidence in the fairness of the system.”
According to the Minister, “the Federal Ministry of Finance has undertaken a rigorous process to select competent persons on the basis of merit who will be expected to discharge their duties professionally.”
She added that the Ministry sought nominations from a number of professional bodies and stakeholders, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
The Tax Appeal Commissioners, according to Mrs Adeosun, are expected to hold office for a term of three (3) years from the date of appointment.
Each Tribunal is made up of a Chairman and four Commissioners knowledgeable in the laws, regulations, norms and practices of taxation in Nigeria, management and trade.
* Members of ABUJA TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL are : Iriogbe Ayo Alice, (Chairman); Prof. Ishola Rufus Akintoye, Ajayi Julius Bamidele, Dr. Almustapha Aliyu, Nasiru Kuliya.
*LAGOS TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL:
Lassise-Phillips Olanrewaju Moshood (Chairman), Dike Mark Anthony Chidolue, Sanusi Maijamaa Ajiya, Mrs Titilola Akibayo, Rasaq Adekunle Quadri.
*NORTH-EAST ZONE TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL – SITTING IN BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE: Bagoni Alhaji Bukar(Chairman), Barr. Bashir Maidugu, Adamu Ismaila, Tijanayi Musa Isa, Mrs. Nafisa Shehu Awak.
*NORTH WEST ZONE TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL – SITTING IN KADUNA, KADUNA STATE: Umar Mohammed Adamu (Chairman), Isa Kabir Dandago, Bayero A.S. Muhammad, Abubakar-Gwandu Sameerah, Dr. Ahmad M. Kumshe.
*NORTH CENTRAL ZONE TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL – SITTING IN JOS, PLATEAU STATE: Barr. Richard Bala (Chairman), Barr. Emmanuel Seungwa Ukera, Ogbaenyi Ivan Chikwendu,Member, Abdul Zaidu IddeMember, Mrs. Atoki Dupe.
*SOUTH WEST ZONE TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL – SITTING IN IBADAN, OYO STATE: Ajibola Akinmade (Chairman), Atitola Felix Bimbo, Falade Sufian Alani, Mrs. Queensley S. Seghosime, Princess Elemanya Ebilah.
*SOUTH EAST ZONE TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL – SITTING IN ENUGU, ENUGU STATE: Chukwuemeka Eze (Chairman), Ide John Udeagbala, Anyaduba John Obiora, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuadigbo, Obri Francis Ogar.
* SOUTH SOUTH ZONE TAX APPEAL TRIBUNAL – SITTING IN BENIN, EDO STATE: Odiase-Alegimenlen Obehi (Chairman), Ala Peters David, Mrs. Hilda Ozoh, Ajokwu Vitalis Friday, Otusanya Olatunde Julius.
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