By Uche Amunike
President Bola Tinubu has appointed Hon. Zacch Adedeji as the new Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
According to a statement issued yesterday by Media Adviser to the President, Ajuri Ngelale, the president also mandated that the former FIRS Chairman, Mr. Mohammad Nami should proceed on three months retirement leave as provided for in the Public Service Rule (PSR) 120243 with immediate effect. This will lead to his eventual retirement from service on December 8th, 2023.
Speaking, through the statement, he indicated that Zacch Adedeji, who is the Special Adviser to the President on Revenue, will serve in his new appointment in an acting capacity for 90 days before he is subsequently confirmed as the substantive Executive Chairman of the FIRS for a term of four years in the first instance.
The new FIRS boss hails from Ogbomoso in Oyo State. He received a National Diploma in Accounting from the Federal Polytechnic, in Ede, Osun State. From there, he proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, from where he graduated with a first class in Accounting. He was also to obtain a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the same university.
Zacchh Adedeji did not stop there as he proceeded to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States of America, where he undertook an executive course in economic development. From there he became manager at the multinational corporation, Procter and Gamble.
He became the youngest person ever to become a commissioner in Oyo State, after the late former governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi appointed him as the Commissioner for Finance at the young age of 33, a position he held for a four year term between 2011 and 2015. Because of his expertise in corporate tax and public finance development, Zacch Adedeji got another appointment as Oyo State Commissioner of Finance and also, Executive Secretary/CEO of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC).
He co-founded a financial consulting firm known as RTR, which specializes in providing comprehensive financial advisory and policy development services to public administrators and private institutions in West Africa.
President Tinubu directed that the new appointment of the 45-year-old Zacch Adedeji takes place with immediate effect.
Another appointment was also announced, as Mrs. Delu Bulus Yakubu was named by the President, as the Pioneer National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of the National Social Investment Programmes Agency (NSIPA), pending her confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.
The NSIPA Establishment Act, 2023 had just been signed into law on May 22, 2023. According to a release issued Yesterday by the President’s Media Adviser, Ngelale, the new appointee is expected to convey the highest level of efficiency, qualitative service delivery and transparency at the NSIPA as a way to actualize the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of his administration.
Mrs Yakubu is a Masters degree holder in Agronomy from the State University of Bio-Technology in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She has also worked for over 15 years in Social Investment Program Management.