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Inside Details of Three-Year Tax Payments Presented By Buhari’s Ministers – Full List

Inside Details of Three-Year Tax Payments Presented By Buhari’s Ministers – Full List

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A PREMIUM TIMES review of the tax papers submitted by ministers during nomination process in 2015 shows how some of them complied with income tax regulations; while others either did not present evidence of compliance or paid whatever they felt was convenient.

To be considered for government contracts and appointments into government positions, beneficiaries are usually expected to present evidence of tax payments for the preceding three years.

Ministerial nominees are usually expected to fulfill that requirement as proof that they are responsible citizens worthy of being trusted with government positions.

It was to fulfill that requirement that the ministerial nominees submitted evidence of their tax payments for three years. Mr. Shittu submitted receipt.

Of the 20 ministerial nominees who fully declared what they earned in a three-year period preceding 2015, only 18 had full declaration for both earnings and total taxes paid.

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, submitted the most ludicrous evidence of tax payment. To proof his tax compliance status, Mr. Shittu submitted a receipt issued to him by the Oyo State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development for a N5000 payment for ‘miscellaneous services’.

A copy of the #5,000 tax declaration Mr Shittu submitted to the Senate for clearance in 2015

The Attorney-General Abubakar Malami declared N2,187,159 as his earnings from 2011-13, paying only N140,000 in the same period.

The tax clearance certificate Mr Malami presented in October 2015 expired since December 31, 2014. He was a senior Nigerian lawyer practicing in Kano prior to his appointment as minister.

All the 19 who presented three years clearance, including Mr Malami, earned a combined sum of N792,526,462.43, of which they paid N114,972,997.88, representing 14.5 percent.

The Nigerian income ranges from seven percent for the first N300,000 in earnings per year to 24 percent for those who earned N3.2 million and above in a year.

Ibe Kachikwu [Photo Credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Ibe Kachikwu, the minister of state for petroleum appeared to have paid the highest amount based on documents reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES, remitting a total N52,877,303.47 in taxes between 2012 and 2014. He was a senior executive at Mobil Nigeria at the time, earning N198,882,134.92 in those three years.

Okechukwu Enelamah, the minister of industry, trade and investment, was a prominent player in the financial services sector until he joined public office in 2015. He declared a three-year income of N51,618,570.91, and paid N7,959,210.89 in income taxes on it.

Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah

From 2012-14, Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, earned N81,233,799.75 as the executive secretary of NEITI, paying N7,797,593.31 under the pay-as-you-earn scheme of the Nigerian government. Several others who transited directly from public offices to the federal cabinet also presented evidence of tax compliance under the PAYE scheme.

A copy of Babatunde Fashola’s tax declaration

But ministers like Tunde Fashola and Rotimi Amaechi, who were former governors in Lagos and Rivers, respectively, did not attach their three-year tax clearance to the Senate during nomination process. Mr Fashola presented a letter from the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) which attested to his full compliance.

Folarin Ogunsanwo, the revenue office’s chairman, affirmed the minister of power, works and housing paid his taxes under PAYE. He did not say in the October 9, 2015 letter how much the former governor declared for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Amina Mohammed, who has since resigned from the cabinet for a top job at the United Nations, did not present evidence of tax compliance. She worked at the United Nations prior to her nomination in 2015.

L-R: Min of Communications, Adebayo Shittu; Min of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Min of Education, Adamu Adamu; Min of State Education, Prof Anthony Onwuka; Min of State Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin; outgoing Min.of Environment Mrs Amina Mohammed; FCT Minister Mohammed Bello; Min of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; and Min of Foreign Affairs Godfrey Onyeama during the Valedictory session at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, 22nd Feb 2017. Photo by: Novo Isioro

Geoffrey Onyeama, the foreign affairs minister, declared 177,354,551 in earnings between 2012 and 2014, but only clarified a N50,000 payment as part of his taxes. Mr Onyeama, who was an executive at the UN’s World Intellectual Properties Organisation (WIPO), indicated he had declared his taxes under the PAYE scheme, but did not specify amounts paid in each of those years.

Heineken Lokpobiri, the minister of state for agriculture, presented a three-year tax clearance, but it was too fuzzy to read. He was a serving senator until his appointment as minister, and declared his earnings under PAYE.

Mansur Dan-Ali, the minister of defence, retired from the Nigerian Army as a brigadier-general in 2013. He did not attach evidence of tax payment.

No declaration?

PREMIUM TIMES was unable to ascertain whether four ministers presented their tax clearance to the Senate before their confirmation in 2015. They are Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture; Mustapha Baba Shehuri, minister of state for power, works and housing; Adamu Adamu, the minister of education; and Ibrahim Jibril, the minister of environment.

Messrs Ogbeh, Baba Shehuri, Jibril and Adamu did not return PREMIUM TIMES’ requests to clarify their income tax certificates.

Evidence of three-year tax payments by Buhari’s ministers

S/NNAMEYearSalary (Naira – N)Tax (naira – N)

1Aisha Abubakar20123, 429, 880.00420,654.48

20133, 622, 100.00420,654.48

20144, 415, 624.95552,279.48

Total11,467,6041,393,588.44

2Khadija Bukar Ibrahim201213,598,7062,327,522.04

2013135987062,327,522.04

2014135987062327522.04

Total407961186982566.12

3Aisha Alhassan201216920440.43324138.12

201316920440.43324138.12

201416920440.43324138.12

Total50761321.29972414.36

4Zainab Ahmed2012243658992673460.56

201322243740.752450672.18

2014346241602673460.57

Total81233799.757797593.31

5Anthony Anwukah20126485541.241201041.96

20136485541.241201041.96

20146485541.241201041.96

Total19456623.723603125.88

6Abubakar Malami201129625040000

201284090940000

2013105000060000

Total2187159140000

7Ibe Kachikwu201293107698.2514545505.72

2013137,381,265. 2322388276.32

2014105774436.6715943521.43

Total198882134.9252877303.47

8Osagie Enihare201247375072000

2013115833473000

20141166666.674000

Total2798750.6219000

9Hadi Sirika2012169204403324138.12

2013169204403324138.12

2014169204403324138.12

Total507613209972414.36

10Suleiman Hussaini20121177000150000

20132092150200000

20142157900210000

Total5427050560000

11Okechukwu Enelamah2012240646023601518.25

201324,064, 602.003,777,08.09

201427553968.914357692.64

Total51618570.917959210.89

12Muhammed Bello201213576880.042350760.97

201313576880.042179227.91

201413576880.041764994.44

Total40730640.126294983.32

14Usani Uguru Usani2012840109.0940000

20131133333.3370000

2014130000090000

Total3273442.42200000

15Ogbonnaya Onu20123000000350200

20133892000500000

20143000000350200

Total98920001200400

16Isaac Adewole201211,209,761.581,588,025.91

201311,209,761.581,588,025.91

201411,209,761.581,588,025.91

Total33,629,284.744,764,077.73

17Bawa Abubakar Bwari20121,216,68080,000

20131,845,394.6162,500

20142,092,105.2200,000

Total5,154,179.8442,500

18Claudius Daramola2012242,00025,000

2013760,00033,000

2014960,00050,820

Total1,962,000108,820

19Geoffrey Onyema201258,800,000PAYE

201358,800,000PAYE

201459,754,55150,000

Total177,354,55150,000

20Solomon Dalung20121,383,333.3100,000

20131,664,473.7135,000

20142,092,105.25200,000

Total5,139,912.25435,000

21Suleiman Hussaini Adamu20121,777,000150,000

20132,092,150200,000

20142,157,900210,000

Total6,027,050560,000

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