Monday, November 02, 2020 / 12:14 PM / Africa Initiative for Governance /Header Image Credit: Africa Initiative for Governance
Former Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, and recipient of the 2019/2020 fellowship of the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), has emphasized the need for teamwork in leading any reform in an organization.
She made this point as a keynote speaker at the 2020 Lecture of the Africa Initiative for Governance which focused on the theme "Transforming the Public Sector in Nigeria: Reflections from My Leadership of the Federal Inland Revenue Service".
During her tenure Omoigui-Okauru spearheaded comprehensive tax reforms, culminating in the development of Nigeria's first national tax policy, the modification of tax legislation, and a remarkable improvement in the effectiveness of tax collection.
Speaking at the lecture she said Omoigui-Okauru said "Leading reform or, indeed, any other organizational activity is a team sport. The strength of the institution is in the strength of the team past, present, and future".
The AIG Fellowship in partnership with the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government is awarded each year to an individual who has demonstrated evidence of outstanding contributions to the public good.
Also speaking after the lecture, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, AIG Founder and Chairman said, "The hope and future of our nation lies in the contributions of our young people and those who are truly committed to the nation's development".
"Less than a week after our annual lecture, Nigeria was confronted with the consequences of several years of underinvestment in leadership and capacity building. The Africa Initiative for Governance grieves with the nation at the loss of life and property following recent days of social unrest. We must use this momentary period of darkness as an impetus to usher in a new dawn of enlightenment and progress. This is the time to envision what we want our nation to be and to move forward by building and empowering Nigeria's next generation of leaders." said Aig-Imoukhuede.
The AIG scholarship programme awards five scholarships annually to promising future leaders to undertake a Master's degree in Public Policy (MPP) at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. This September, undeterred by COVID-19 challenges, it embarked on the national selection processes to identify the 2021/22 AIG scholars for Nigeria and Ghana.
Recent events in Nigeria have threatened the completion of the scholar selection exercise. AIG however regards these scholarships as being more important now than ever and said it would marshal whatever resources are required to complete the exercise in time to meet the closure date for BSG's MPP application window. Shortlisted candidates will be required to follow stringent health and safety protocols.