Transparency International(TI), among other Civil Society Organisations have condemned the N1.4 Billion budget for meals and refreshments by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in the 2021 fiscal year.
The groups while accusing the tax-collecting agency of insensitivity and misplacement of priority also expressed shock that such a huge amount could be set aside for such frivolities with the situation of the nation’s economy.
They described the decision of Federal Inland Revenue Service to spend N1.4 billion on meals and refreshment in 2021 as another irresponsible financial decision by a revenue institution preying on weak budgetary process and scrutiny, poor financial management system and inadequate legislative oversight activities associated with the public sector.
The groups further accuse the FIRS of being a cesspool of filth and massive corruption, going by the antecedents of the agency with the immediate past head of that agency and many directors facing criminal prosecution for stealing several billions of naira from the public treasury.
They also described the revelation of a budget of N1.4 billion for meals as a continuation of the heritage of corruption in the agency.
The organizations called for a clean sweep of the agency while pointing to the clear corruption that is deeply rooted in the FIRS and in need of surgical action, they added.