President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr.
William Babatunde Fowler as the Executive Chairman
of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Dr. Fowler was the Chief Executive Officer/Executive
Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue
from 2005 to 2014.
He had his higher education in the United States where
he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the
University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business
Administration degree from the California State
Before joining the service of the Lagos State
Government, Dr. Fowler worked in the banking sector
for about 20 years with long stints at Credit Lyonnais
Nigeria Limited and Chartered Bank.
Under his leadership, the Lagos State Board of Internal
Revenue reportedly achieved a sharp increase in
internally generated revenue from an average of N3.6.
billion per month in January 2006, to an average of
about N20.5 billion per month in 2013.
Fowler, who holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree of
the Irish International University, is a Fellow of the
Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the
Business Management Association of the United
He will serve as Acting Executive Chairman of FIRS until
his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.
President Buhari has also appointed Mr. Aliyu Yahaya
Gusau as Director-General , Budget Office of the
Mr. Gusau’s appointment is with effect from August 18,
2015 and is for a term of four years, renewable for
another four years, unless he attains the retirement
age of 60 years or completes 35 years of pensionable
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)


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