President Bola Tinubu has named Zaccheus Adedeji as the new Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) effective immediately.
The appointment coincides with outgoing chairman Muhammad Nami commencing a three-month terminal leave ahead of his scheduled retirement on December 8th after serving since 2019.
In a statement Thursday, the Presidency specified that Adedeji’s role is initially acting for 90 days pending Senate confirmation as FIRS’ substantive chairman for a four-year term.
A seasoned accountant and technocrat, Adedeji previously advised Tinubu on revenue matters as Special Adviser on Internal Revenue. He brings over 15 years expertise in taxation, finance and fiscal reforms across the public and private sectors.
As the leadership transition gets underway, the President instructed Nami to promptly proceed on pre-retirement leave as stipulated for executive appointees nearing the end of their tenure.
The nomination of Adedeji to oversee FIRS aims to ensure continuity and stability for Nigeria’s pivotal revenue collection agency amid the change in leadership. His wealth of relevant experience made him an ideal choice for the acting post.