FG investing 200 hints of whistle-blowers

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The Federal Government has begun an investigation into over 200 whistleblowing hints on corrupt practices by taxpayers and officials.

The Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister of Finance Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde said in his statement that the cases were in connection with connivance to cheat the federal government.

Meanwhile, the finance minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has disclosed the investigation when she presided over the meeting of the Whistleblower Unit in the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeosun said the ministry had also commenced the process of sanitising the tax administration and revenue collection system of dishonest operatives adding that the sanitisation of the tax administration and revenue collection system was part of the government’s efforts to enhance the willingness of citizens to pay their taxes.

She disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Finance had requested and secured the suspension of two senior Tax Officials in Delta and Benue States based on verified tips from Whistle-blowers.

According to her “The Ministry is currently analysing over 200 additional whistleblowing tips including recordings between tax officials and potential taxpayers in which various practices, designed to reduce tax payable, were detailed.

She reiterates “These practices include demands for personal gratification by tax officers, promises to procure backdated tax clearance certificates, and offers to conspire to reduce taxes payable,”.

Adeosun has directed the reorganisation of the Whistle-blower Unit to fast track reports relating to those in the revenue generating agencies In order to deal with the influx of the whistleblowing tips.

She, however, stated that people will not be encouraged to pay if they believe that those involved in the assessment are not transparent or are dishonest. Adding that the ministry will continue to sanitise the system and also improve its controls.

 

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