Thursday, 20 August 2015

Breaking News: Tinubu's Man Tunde Fowler Named Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Chairman

Babatunde Fowler
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed William Babatunde Fowler as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, has said.

Babatunde Fowler, is the Executive Chairman Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue and Chief Executive Officer Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, a source close to the Presidency said the giant strides of Fowler in Lagos state has landed him the top job under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NTA made the announcement of Fowler few minutes ago

Fowler who began his career as a marketing intern with Avon Products Inc. New York, was later employed by Johnson and Johnson in New Jersey USA, under a MBA International Development Program lasting one year, thereafter he was transferred to join Johnson and Johnson Nigeria between September 1982 and September 1983.
He made a career change from International Finance and Marketing to Banking in January 1984. In the banking industry he had the opportunity to work and also head broad and varied areas of banking operations and business development in two major commercial banks over the next 20 years.
He joined Commercial Bank (Credit Lyonnais Nigeria Limited) in January 1984, where he was exposed to all aspects of International Banking, Risk Management, and Clearing Operations. Positive reforms were introduced by him as the treasurer of the bank. He rose to the position of Apapa Branch Manager.
He left the bank for Chartered Bank in April 1990 as a Senior Manager where he spent the last 14 years in the banking industry.
Upon leaving the banking industry in 2004, Fowler joined the Lagos State Government and was appointed the pioneer Permanent Secretary/ Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue on the 24th of November 2005, thereby upgrading the office of the Executive Chairman to the highest level in the Civil Service.

Background / Education[edit]

Babatunde Fowler was born to the family of Professor (Dr) and (Chief) Mrs. W.V. Fowler both of Lagos State. He studied in the United States of America at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he obtained his first bachelors’ degree with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Political Science in 1978. He completed a second bachelors’ degree program at California State University, Los Angeles and also a Master of Business Administration degree program at California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1981.
Fowler has remained a vocal voice against Nigeria's over-dependence on oil revenue. The position was reiterated by him at an international conference where he warned the Federal Government of Nigeria that the "drastic drop in revenue had a negative impact on the balance in the federation account and by extension the amount accruing to the three tiers of government (in Nigeria) during the year 2009".[10] In stimulating interest and raising awareness on tax education at an early stage in life, Fowler introduced a competition for pupils which is funded by his board in which winners are given cash awards and scholarships.[11]

Honour / Award

In recognition of his works, Fowler was awarded Honorary Senior Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria in 2004, conferred with fellowship ‘Honoris Causa’ by Certified Board of Administrators of Nigeria in May 2007 and Professional Honorary Doctorate Degree in June 2007 by the Irish International University. He is also a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and Business Management Association (UK). Fowler was named as the Outstanding Government Personality of the Year (2014) by the organisers of the Leadership Award For African Achievers amongst other notable African leaders who were awarded in different categories of human endeavours by the event organisers.[12]


Fowler is happily married to Mrs. Rosemary Fowler and they are blessed with children.
Credit: Wikipedia

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