Mr Bayo Onanuga, The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has pledged a more robust partnership with the Federal Inland Revenue Service ( FIRS) on modern tax generation, management and utilisation.
Onaunga said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr Tunde Fowler, with some members of NAN management,on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the essence of the visit was to further deepen partnership with FIRS and to introduce the new platforms in the NAN service, to help boost the revenue collection of the agency.
“ NAN is in a good position to bring tax campaign to the people; we are the main news fielder to bloggers, radio, television and print media among others.
“We want to introduce the photo and video portal, to enhance service delivery and also to make our operations relevant.
“We will continue to partner with you. I also want to say that in NAN we are tax compliant.
“Our website is better than what I inherited, it is an independent, free to read website and it is a platform you need to use to further campaign for tax collection.
“NAN has some problems with FIRS because the service is owing us some money, I believe this is due to some misunderstanding and I wish with the help of the chairman, we will resolve this problem,” Onanuga said.
Responding, Fowler said the service would introduce new technologies, to make tax collection and management more convenient for Nigerians.
He said that the service had put in innovation to make tax collection convenient and boost its revenue generation.
The FIRS boss said that the aim of the innovation was to encourage and educate Nigerians on payment of Value Added Tax (VAT).
He promised to reinstate the relationship the service had with NAN.
“We need your support and partnership to help us in the area of information dissemination.
“In the area of FIRS owing, we will check our books to make sure the right thing is done. We will have to be consistent in using your platform because we need your support to keep the people informed,’’ Fowler said.
He said that the use of NAN platform would be good to educate the people for better understanding of tax payment and subsequently, “we will increase our revenue collection”. (NAN)