The Federal Government says it will recruit 7,500 graduates as Community Tax Liaison Officers (CTLOs) to raise tax awareness among citizens.
The minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said these young graduates would be made to assist the Federal Inland Revenue Service
The Minister stated that interested applicants should apply through the N-power website
Adeosun said that the recruits would be expected to go to schools, churches, mosques, markets and other social places to educate people on the tax system and let them know their obligations.
She said that through this initiative, the government expects to increase the number of tax payers by 35 per cent, from 14 million to about 17 million in two years.
“As a result, about 7,500 CTLOs will be recruited through the N-Power Program to tackle this challenge and they will be deployed nationwide and will be found in public places within every community.”
“They will be found in markets, schools, churches, mosques, airports, etc and will have distinctive uniforms with logos clearly showing that they are part of the tax awareness program thereby making it easier for them to be identified,” Adeosun said.
Adeosun said that graduates of accounting, economics, mathematics and other relevant courses would be given priority under the programme.
She however encouraged intelligent graduates interested in a career in tax administration to apply as the government planned to sponsor the recruits to become tax professionals.
She explained that all the CTLOs would undergo intensive training comprising of classroom learning, case studies, role play and on the field learning.
“Their training is comprehensive and covers the tax system, sales, marketing and customer services,” she said.
On the remuneration, Adeosun said the recruits would be paid N30, 000 monthly and they stood to receive performance-based incentives measured by the number of people they enrolled during the two years’ period.