By Musa Adamu
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said its two-day training for Journalists on tax reporting was aimed at equipping them with relevant skills on accurate reporting of taxation.
The training, powered by Journalism. com, a Journalism training firm in Abuja, was held for the Senate Press Corps members.
Welcoming the participants, Head of Communications and Servicom Department, FIRS, Wahab Gbadamosi, said the training was important to the Service because the Legislature was important for the success of tax administration.
He said: “At FIRS we believe Journalists are teachers and that is why product from Journalists are day diet of the CEOs.”
Recalling that the last of such training was in 2005, he said going forward and it would be frequent.
“Our business at FIRS may not be about profit and loss but realise funds needed for national development. So we view the Media as a partner through which this ideal would be realized.
“We believe that the training will chart a course for mutually beneficial interests. We are here to understand ourselves better.”
Commenting on recent feats achived by the Service, Mr Gbadamosi said due some innovations evolved by the Service, the country was able to achieve a record breaking receipts of N3.3 trillon in 2016 and moved up to N4.0 trillion in 2017.
He said the FIRS was happy to intercat with the Journalists because perception was everything and that there was need for understanding between the Service and the Journalists.
Facilitator of the training, Mr Anselm Okolo, said training was an important tool for the Journalists to overcome new challenges and make sense of emerging trends.
He further said training makes Journalists a better service provider, saying such opportunity would be more frequent so as to keep up with fast evolving trend in the sector.
Responding, Chairman, Senate Press Corps, Izrel Tabiowo, described the training as very timely.
He recalled that in the 7th Assembly a Bill to improve taxation in Nigeria was introduced, a development he argued, buttressed the importance of taxation in the development of the country.
He said bringing the Journalists together for training meant the place of Journalists in essuring the success of the system was recognised.
He thanks the Service for the opportunity and promised that after the training Journalists would be more enlightened about the system and work for its success.