While Nigerians continue to complain about the huge budget allocation for the National Assembly over the course of the year and the nearly 2 trillion N2 allocated to the security sector in the 2022 budget, the indication is that, the collection agency of the federal government, the Federal Inland Revenue The service’s 228 billion N228 (FIRS) allocation in the 2022 Allocation Bill exceeds the 2022 budget of the National Assembly (134 billion N) and the judiciary (120 billion N).
Further research by the Sunday Telegraph revealed that the tax agency’s 2022 budget also exceeds the current 2021 budgets of Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, States of Niger, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.
Further findings showed that this super-wealthy agency allocated N17.8 billion for miscellaneous expenses In its 2022 budget proposal, the tax authority allocated N2.5 billion for land purchase, N3 billion for office furniture, N1 , 5 billion for copiers, N2.04 billion for computers and N500 million for the construction of sports facilities.
The agency set aside N1 billion for generator fuel and N250 million for maintenance, while a separate N550 million was set aside for the purchase of multiple generators.
Further research in the 2022 budget indicates that FIRS will spend N6 billion on its new headquarters and N2 billion on vehicle purchases. It has allocated approximately N1.3 billion for cleaning and fumigation of its offices nationwide, while N1.4 billion will be spent on general maintenance services.
The agency has earmarked approximately N1.3 billion for office stationery and computer consumables, while N3 billion will be spent on printing non-security documents. It will spend N1.4 billion on electricity costs, N460 million on telephone costs and N1.3 billion on security services.
FIRS plans to spend N7.9 billion in donations and N200 million in contributions to international organizations, while it has allocated N800 million for legal services, N1.04 billion for bank expenses, N9.5 billion for welfare packages and N1.1 billion for personnel retirements and N2.9 billion dollars for repairs.
A key highlight of the budget is the sum of N2.8 billion for “uniforms and clothing” for the year 2022. The “uniforms and clothing” mentioned here are strictly “driver uniforms”, as the agency in 2019 allocated N160 million for 850 driver uniforms, bringing the cost of each driver uniform to N188, 235, 29.
Similarly, council members will earn N370 million in sitting allowance for the upcoming year, N550 million for refreshments, N200 million for sporting activities, set aside N262.5 million for safety votes while N17.8 billion would be spent on “various” expenses …
Source: – Newstelegraph