The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria has advocated for the commencement of Degree Programmes in Taxation at Federal University Otuoke in order to give undiluted focus to the study of taxation.
This advocacy was made by the Vice President of the Institute, Prof. Jack Osimiri when he led a delegation on a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko on April 7, 2014 in his office.
Prof. Osimiri who thanked the University Helmsman for approving their request to visit, disclosed that the essence of their visit is to actualize the mandate of their Institute to collaborate with Tertiary Institutions in the country with the view to urging them commence academic programmes in Taxation.
He bemoaned the fact that taxation is submerged into Accountancy and Economics, even though it deserves a full programme of study, urging the VC to assist the Institute in its bid because strategic study of Taxation will help improve the economy of the country.
“We urge you on behalf of CITN to join hands with your team to introduce it so that we have a productive and research oriented programmes in Taxation which all of us will be proud of”. He said.
He further mentioned that Nigeria University Commission has vetted and approved the curriculum developed by the Institute adding that some Nigerian Universities and Polytechnics have concluded arrangement to commence degree programmes in Taxation come September 2014.
Prof. Jack concluded by assuring the Vice Chancellor of their support and partnership if the programme kicks off in FUO.
“The Institute is prepared to partner with you in terms of professionalism, whenever you people agree we will assist in development, sourcing and assisting the manpower”. The Vice President of the Institute assured.
The Vice Chancellor in his response thanked the visitors for the visit and assured them that he will relate their proposals to his team for deliberation.
Prof. Mobolaji Aluko however noted that the proposal cannot be accepted without consideration of resource persons to teach in accordance with the requirement of NUC and also the issue of employment opportunities for graduates of the programme.
He promised to look at the curriculum on taxation presented to him even as deliberations are ongoing at the Accounting and Finance Department of the University. “We certainly will ensure that taxation is emphasized in our Accounting and Finance Programme, Taxation is very important and the study of Taxation is important” VC said.
Among the delegation were the Deputy Vice President Mr. Cyril Ikemefuna Ede, Mr. Adebayo Adeyinka and Mrs. Anthonia Koroye. Others are Dr. Ofuan James Ilaboya, Ifidi Diegha and Acdince Alakerubi.
FUO staff present at the meeting include; the Bursar Ms. Atonbara Ombu, Head Public Relations Unit, Ms. Mercy Ekott and her team.