Nigerian government trains Community Tax liaison Officers

Elizabeth Christopher, Abuja

In its drive to increase non oil revenue as well as generate employment for its teaming youths, the Nigerian government has begun training the first batch of Community tax liaison officers in Abuja,

According to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun the 21 trainees are the pilot officers out of the 7500 CTLO to be employed by the government.

“This course is a five days course this set you just say are registered on N-Power website, so we ask the N-Power group to filter then we interview so that we have the maiden group, but the website is still open, we wanted to run this course early so that we could look at the training materials see how well it was received, how much have they learnt and that’s what I have come to assess here so that we can widen and be ready when we get the 7,500. This is like a pilot” she said

She added that in a bid to achieve efficiency with less resources the ministry decided to use the Federal treasury academy, Orozo, for the training rather than paying for space in hotels.

“It’s going to be a continuous training, We are doing 7500 altogether, this facility can take 200, this facility is there and not being used so instead of going to a hotel we decided to use this place and it stepped the cost of the programme down so that we can do more with less since we are on efficiency now”

Mrs. Adeosun added that relevant stakeholders are part of the initiative to ensure success

“The firs is part of this program, its going to be a joint tax board working with states government, they are going to be working with states board of internal revenue”