Civil service union queries RMAFC over delay to probe banks for stamp duty collection

Civil service union queries RMAFC over delay to probe banks for stamp duty collection

The Nigeria Civil Service Union, NCSU, has said that it was disturbed over the delay by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, to beam its searchlights on the collection of stamp duty by the 22 commercial banks in the country.

According to the union, the commission has been busy entertaining proposal from consultants Instead of investigating the banks as directed by the National Economic Council, NEC.

In a joint statement in Abuja on Friday, the Chairman, NCSU, (Nigeria Labour Congress), Amanabo Josiah and Chairman, NCSU, (Trade Union Congress) Martins Adeoye, warned banks against dealing with consultants on the verification and reconciliation of revenue collection and remittances.

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The NCSU also alleged that the use of consultants for jobs that could be handled by the commission is motivated by greed.
This, it said is contrary to the anti-corruption posture of the current administration, while also lamenting what. it called undue interference with the activities of the commission.

Querying the reliance on consultants to do the jobs members of staff of the commission can do, the union said: “On the payroll of the commission are accountants, economists, statisticians and forensic auditors.

“However, upon the NEC approval for the RMAFC to verify and reconcile revenue collection and remittances by the Federal Inland Revenue Services and Nigeria Customs Service from July 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015, the commission speedily engaged the services of over 100 consultants with a mandate to complete the assignment with effect from November 1, 2016 .”

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