In the face of dwindling oil revenue, the Nigerian government has among other options, increased the drive for tax compliance.
It is to this end that the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is focusing on the theme, "Tax education, national development and the seminal role of the media", for its 8th media lecture series which holds on Wednesday, 13 July, 2016 by 10am at the main hall of NECA House, Plot A2, Hakeem Balogun Street, Off Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.
Adebimpe Balogun, the first female President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), will deliver the lecture commemorating the 82nd birthday of Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka.
Discussing alongside Ms. Balogun will be Auwal Musa (Rafsanjani), Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC); Modupe Oyekunle, President of NECA's Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW); Simon Kolawole, Founder amp; CEO of The Cable Newspaper; Emuesiri Agbeyi, Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deremi Atanda, Executive Director of Systemspecs.
Opeyemi Agbaje, Managing Director of Resources and Trust Company, will moderate the event.
Tunde Fowler, the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), has also confirmed his agency's participation at the event.
As the July 30 due date for filing outstanding tax returns by companies to the FIRS draws near, the WSCIJ intends to use the lecture to contribute to strategic thinking and provide a veritable opportunity to raise critical questions for national debate on issues surrounding taxation, Centre Coordinator, Motunrayo Alaka, said in a statement.
These will include the importance of taxation to development, evaluating the compliance rate, technology driven payment, the lack of trust for wise use of funds generated by the government, the level of reportage of the issue in the media and many more.