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FIRS’ N228bn Budget Surpasses NASS, Judiciary, Many States

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While Nigerians continue to complain of the huge budget allocation to the National Assembly over the year and the close to N2 trillion allocated to the security sector in the 2022 budget, indication was that, the revenue collecting agency of the Federal Government, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS’s) N228 billion allocation in the 2022 Appropriation Bill surpasses the 2022 budget of the National Assembly (N134 billion) and the judiciary (N120 billion).

Sunday Telegraph further search revealed that the tax agency’s 2022 budget also surpasses the current 2021 budgets of Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states.

Further finding showed that this super rich agency budgeted N17.8 billion for miscellaneous expenses In its 2022 budget proposal, the tax body earmarked N2.5 billion for the purchase of land, N3 billion for office furniture, N1.5 billion for photocopying machines, N2.04 billion for computers and N500 million for the construction of sports facilities.

The agency set aside N1billion for generator fuel and N250 million for maintenance while a separate N550 million was set aside for purchasing more generators.

Further search into the 2022 Budget indicates that FIRS will spend N6 billion on its new headquarters and N2 billion on the purchase of vehicles. It budgeted about N1.3 billion for cleaning and fumigation of its offices nationwide while N1.4 billion will be spent on general maintenance services.

The agency budgeted about N1.3 billion for office stationery and computer consumables while N3 billion will be spent on printing non-security documents. It will spend N1.4 billion on electricity charges, N460 million on telephone charges and N1.3 billion on security services.

The FIRS plans to spend N7.9 billion on donations and N200 million as contributions to international organizations, while it earmarked N800 million for legal services, N1.04 billion on bank charges, N9.5 billion on welfare packages and N1.1 billion on staff retreat as well as N2.9 billion on repairs.

A key highlight of the budget is the sum of N2.8 billion for “uniforms and clothing” for the year 2022. The “uniforms and clothing” being mentioned here is strictly “drivers’ uniform”, as the agency in 2019 budgeted N160 million for 850 drivers uniforms, bringing the cost of each driver uniform to N188, 235, 29.

Similarly, the Board members shall be earning N370 million sitting allowance for the incoming year, N550 million for refreshments, N200 million for sporting activities, set aside N262.5 million for security votes while N17.8 billion would be spent on “miscellaneous” expenses.

Source:- Newstelegraph

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