President Muhammadu Buhari, at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service, recently, awarded Muhammad Nami, the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the award for Excellence in Public Service. Mr. Nami, alongside 43 others including former President Goodluck Jonathan, was conferred the award. This is according to a release by the Special Assistant to the FIRS Chairman, Mr. Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola.

The Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS) is “an award that recognizes and rewards innovation, purposeful leadership and other exceptional deserving individuals that have contributed immensely to the growth and development of the public service and the country at large”, according to Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to Government of the Federation. NEAPS was organized by The Best Strategic Media (TBS), a private company, in partnership with the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation.

Mr. Johannes Wojuola’s statement further noted that the award to Mr. Nami came as a recognition of his excellent “Fiscal Reforms” institutionally, in the area of modernization, and also technologically. The President recognized his diligent strategies and efforts to grow Nigeria’s revenue. Mr. Nami’s repositioning of the FIRS for better efficiency saw the collection of an unprecedented NGN6.4 trillion in revenue in 2021.

In his thank-you message, the FIRS Chairman urged citizens to trust the government to deliver good governance, even as they [the citizens]continue to fulfill their tax obligations, and build the nation of their dreams.

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