Monday, August 29, 2016

Lagos State Governor, Ambode sacks Ogunsanwo as LIRS chairman

Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) Chairman, Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo, has been relieved of his appointment with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode immediately nominating Mr. Ayodele Hamzat Subair as his replacement.

Ogunsanwo, our reporter gathered was sacked last week over what a credible source said was financial irregularities under his watch, leaving Ambode with no option but to terminate his appointment.



Consequently, the governor on Monday morning sent a letter to the House of Assembly requesting for the confirmation of Subair as the new Chairman of the LIRS.

In the letter read on the floor of the House of Assembly, Ambode said,” following the retirement of the erstwhile Chairman, Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo who held the position since September 2015, it became expedient to quickly seek a suitable replacement in view of the vital position of the LIRS towards its revenue generation drive and in attainment of his administration’s set target to deliver good governance to the citizenry.”



Subair, who was born on May 21, 1960, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, United Kingdom and a Masters Degree in Business administration from the University of Lagos.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), member of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN).

Subair has over 34 years working experience which started with the Price WaterHouse Chartered Accountants before venturing into private practice in 1987 with the Hamzat Subair and Co. Chartered Accountants where he is the Managing Partner.

He was the pioneer Director of Lagos State Lotteries Board and has worked with various international agencies such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Ambode said Subair’s presentation to the House of Assembly for confirmation was in conformity with Section 2 of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law (2006).

In a related development, Ambode has also approved the appointment of Engr. Abiodun Dabiri as the new Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).

Dabiri, born on January 2, 1964, holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos.

He is a registered engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), corporate member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN).

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