Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has appointed Mr. Olufolarin Ogunsanwo as the new Chairman, of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS).
He succeeds Mr. Babatunde Fowler who was last month appointed Director General of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
Ogunsanwo’s appointment was confirmed by the State House of Assembly yesterday, on the re- questofAmbode whohadearlier approved the appointment of new Directors to the Board of LIRS.
The new directors include Mrs. Akintola Bolaji, Moroof Oludare Tijani, Mrs. Arinola Kola-Daisi, Seyi Alade, Mrs. Afolayan Folashade and Ayodele Adebayo with Jimi Aina serving as Board Secretary.
The new officers are expected to resume work immediately and work towards implementing the vision of the state government.
Ogunsanwo has a bachelor degree in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) and a Master Degree in Public Administration and Economics from Lagos State University.
Addressing the lawmakers during plenary,Ogunsanwo told the legislators that there are opportunities for revenue generation in the state and that about 65% of the tax payers in the state are expected from the informal sector.
Ogunsanwo, who was a Regional Co-ordinator in LIRS before his new appointment, promised to invest in Information Technology, staff motivation, e-filing of taxes, integrate motor vehicle administration, Lands Bureau charges, and land use charges amongst others.
“I have worked in LIRS for 24 years and I have traversed all the departments. I am the best man for the job and we will work as a team to develop a first class revenue generation agency.
– Emmanuel Ukudolo