President Bola Tinubu has on Tuesday inaugurated the presidential committee on fiscal policy and tax reforms.
The inauguration took place in Abuja.
Recall that in July, the president approved the establishment of the committee and appointed Taiwo Oyedele, a tax and fiscal policy expert, as its chairman.
Dele Alake, special adviser to the president on special duties, communications and strategy, in a statement announcing the development, said the committee will comprise experts from both the private and public sectors.
He said the panel would be responsible for various aspects of tax law reforms, fiscal policy design and coordination, harmonization of taxes, and revenue administration.
He added that the committee’s primary objective is to enhance revenue collection efficiency, ensure transparent reporting, and promote the effective utilisation of tax and other revenues to boost citizens’ tax morale, foster a healthy tax culture, and drive voluntary compliance.
Speaking on the committee’s establishment, Zacchaeus Adedeji, special adviser to the president on revenue, emphasized the importance of a sound fiscal policy environment and an effective taxation system for the functioning of the government and the economy.
He said the country ranks very low on the global ease of paying taxes while the country’s tax to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio “is one of the lowest in the world and well below the African average”.
“This has led to an overreliance on borrowing to finance public spending which in turn limits the fiscal space as debt service costs consume a greater portion of government revenue, annually resulting in a vicious cycle of inadequate funding for socio-economic development,” he had said.
“While some incremental progress has been recorded over the years, the outcomes have not been transformative enough to change the narrative.”