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FIRS Chairman Tunde Fowler

The Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Tunde Fowler, has said that the organisation received more than 700,000 applications from the recent job advert it placed.

Fowler made this known on Wednesday in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition.

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NAN reports that the FIRS boss’ appearance at the lower chamber followed a petition from some applicants. The aggrieved applicants claimed to have been excluded from the employment processes.

The Service had invited applications for various positions in series of adverts placed in some national dailies.

Fowler said that out of the 700,000 applicants more than 2,000 had first class degrees in various disciplines and qualified to work in FIRS.

Only 500 will be employed

Fowler said that FIRS would recruit only 500 people. He also added that the exercise is to increase manpower for tax revenue collection as well as expand the country’s revenue base.

He also assured that the organisation would ensure fairness and due process in the recruitment process.

“The Federal Character Commission gave us a waiver and endorsement to ensure that we do the right thing,’’ Fowler said.

In his remarks, Chairman of the house committee, Mr Nkem Abonta, directed Fowler to submit to the committee the service’s nominal roll to assist it in arriving at a decision.