LIRS to launch whistle-blower initiative

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service is set to launch its whistle-blower initiative to provide a platform for employees, stakeholders, and the general public to report any observed violation, misconduct, or unethical behaviour across the state.

The launch of the state-wide initiative has been slated for Friday, August 5, 2022.

A statement by the LIRS Head of Corporate Communications, Monsurat Amasa, revealed that the commission’s Chairman, Ayodele Subair, had signed a public notice to announce the initiative.

In the statement made available to The PUNCH on Tuesday, Subair noted that the initiative was a public policy of the State Government to encourage reporting of illegal actions or financial crimes through the appropriate channel, intending to correct the violations or non-compliance.

The LIRS boss said, “In line with the LIRS core values of integrity and accountability and our commitment to uphold the highest standards of openness, probity, and accountability in our dealings with stakeholders, the platform is anonymous and confidential and it is independently managed by Deloitte, a globally accredited company.”

“The objective of the Whistle-Blower initiative is to guarantee transparency, accountability, and confidentiality to all taxpayers and stakeholders in general.

“The policy is designed to protect whistle-blowers from victimization and to encourage them to freely report without fear,” Subair submitted.

The launch of the whistle-blower initiative is scheduled to take place at the Protea Select Hotel, Assibifi Road, Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos.

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