Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, requested the FIRS Chairman to explain significant variances in targets and actual collections.
Business Insider SSA's analysis of the agency's 4-year revenue collections showed that it has experienced a revenue shortfall.
The Nigerian government has queried Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, over dwindling tax revenue since the inception of the current government in 2015.
In a letter circulating on social media, Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, requested the tax agency to account for significant variances in the budgeted collections and actual collections by the agency.
“We observed significant variances between the budgeted collections and actual collections for the analysis explaining the reasons for the variances between budgeted and actual collections for each main tax item for each of the years 2015 to 2018.
“Furthermore, we observed that the actual collections for the period 2015 to 2017 were significantly worse than what was collected between 2012 and 2014. Accordingly, you are kindly to explain the reasons for the poor collections,” the letter reads.