The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Ayodele Subair, has been conferred with the Most Innovative CEO of The Year Award 2022 by the New Telegraph Awards 2022.

The award ceremony, held recently in Lagos, had in attendance several other awardees and dignitaries.

The organisers of the awards, The New Telegraph Newspapers, explained that “Subair was honoured for his landmark strides since he became the LIRS Executive Chairman in 2016, as he has been able implement strategic innovations as well as double the initial revenue generation from N240bn to N427bn with his astute knowledge and experience in accounting and taxation.”

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It listed other achievements by Subair which included driving the tax revolution at the LIRS; the introduction of eTax in 2019; launching of the whistleblowing initiative in 2022; staff reforms and welfare upgrade (from 2017 till date) and the introduction of the IBILE HUB Initiative (2021).

Others include technology-driven operational reforms in LIRS formed in 2022, where an Intelligent Unit- a team of undercover administration specially trained in information gathering and intelligence reports to provide information on all taxpayers in Lagos State and to ensure the agency has adequate information for appropriate profiling to expose tax defaulters.

He also established the LIRS Service Charter (2021); introduced the automation of collection of consumption taxes (2017-2018); inaugurated the Joint State Revenue Committee (JSRC) in 2021 as well as led the agency to generate its highest revenue amid the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

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