By Simon Ebegbulem and Gabriel Enogholase, Benin City
THE Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS),Mrs Ifueko Omoigbui-Okarau, was yesterday in Benin City, awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science by the Benson Idahosa University Benin City, in recognition of her contribution to the overall development of the country.
Accepting the award which she disclosed she almost refused but for the advice of the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, she stressed the need for youth development in the country and called on youths not to wait for already made jobs but should be prepared to be self employed, adding that it is the only way the nation could witness rapid development.
Also corroborating her concern for youth employment, Governor Adams Oshiomhole who was the guest of honour at the ceremony, warned that Nigeria would be sitting on a keg of gun powder if nothing was done by both the private and public sector of the economy to provide jobs for the teeming graduates being churned out annually.
According Omoigbui-Okarau, â€œ As we look at development the world over and the place of our development in Nigeria today, we all have a lot of work to do to achieve our dreams in this 21st century and beyond.
I believe in education and education is the key for proper development. In that wise the academic community should play a pivotal role in ensuring that it trully acts as a catalystâ€.
â€œ With regards to taxation, the tax system is not complete with out the way the academic community feels. And I said that all students that are educated whether you are in business or accounting or agric, all students should be educated about taxation before they leave the shores of university community.
The academic system also plays a role in the level of research that will advance the practice of taxation, in ensuring that the academic community were also serve as good role model for all tax payers by paying the correct taxes as at when due.I am aware that this is an area that the university community still has a lot of work to doâ€ she stated.