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On September 12-14, the ICTD launched the Nigerian Tax Research Network (NTRN) at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja. The theme was “Revenue Beyond Oil Reliance.”

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NTRN's purpose is to support the generation and exchange of tax knowledge in Nigeria. It is concerned with all topics related to taxation, ranging from tax policy to tax administration, and stakeholders include tax practitioners and researchers, as well as donors and civil society organisations working on tax issues in Nigeria. 

The keynote address was delivered by the Chair of the NTRN, former FIRS Chairman Mrs Ifueko Omoigui Okauru. She spoke about the about the challenges of raising tax revenue in Nigeria and the crucial role of research. She shared her conviction that "research is at the heart of development", and that "We should not focus on revenue as an end goal but as a means to an end in achieving the social contract role of government to the citizenry. She also said to those gathered that "We shouid not assume that we can design policy around models developed elsewhere and apply them to Nigeria’s complex and dynamic realities without first doing our own research into our own problems, which suggest their own solutions. If we do this", she concluded, "we may find that Nigeria has much to teach the world!" 

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PROGRAMME: 

Day 1:

Welcome and introduction from International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) CEO Professor Mick Moore

Welcome from Centre for Public Policy Alternatives, NTRN Secretariat

Goodwill Message from Mr A.B. Okauru, Director General, Nigeria Governors’ Forum

Keynote 1: On revenue challenges, revenue optimisation and the role of research

NTRN Chair Mrs. Ifueko M. Omoigui Okauru, MFR

Intention of the conference and network, Dr Olly Owen, NTRN Research Director

Session 1: On overviews and theoretical approaches

Chair and discussant: Professor Abiola Sanni

Paper 1: Alexander Ezenagu, McGill University/ Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti - Re-thinking the Theories of Taxation in an Interconnected World

Paper 2: Olanrewaju Ajogbasile, Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat and Mark Abani, MSCA Projects – Practical and Effective Reforms to Improving Tax Administration in Nigeria: appraising recent reforms across seven States

Session 2: National and sub-National taxation in Nigeria

Chair and discussant: Olly Owen, Oxford University Dept. of International Development.

Paper 1: Austin Ndiokwelu and Chidiebere Ibe, PERL/ARC - Public Financial Management Support: Highlights on Taxation and IGR Tools and Resources

Paper 2: Jirinwayo Jude Odinkonigbo, University of Nigeria - Does a Local Government in Nigeria have the Power to Tax?

Paper 3: Cheta Nwanze, SBM Intelligence - Tax awareness in Nigeria – a six-state study

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Day 2:

Keynote 2: Dr Femi Frederick Akinfala, Deputy Director for Research and Development, Tax Policy Department FIRS – Future directions in research strategies for FIRS

Session 3: On new tax challenges in the Nigerian environment

Chair and discussant: Mustapha Ndajiwo, FIRS

Paper 1: Nonso Obikili, Stellenbosch University - Tax Appeals and Social Intermediaries in Lagos

Paper 2: Stephen Odeogbola - Environmental Taxation in Nigeria

Paper 3: Abdussalam Mikail - The Need for the Regulation of Geographical Indication in Nigeria

Paper 4: Kazeem Kayode Lawal - Assessment of the Impact of Corporation Tax on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Nigeria

Paper 5: Usman Isyaku Mohammed, FIRS (Kano) - Impact of Tax Audit on Revenue Generation in Nigeria

Session 4: New resources, new policies, new responses

Chair and discussant: Professor Mick Moore, ICTD

Paper 1: Omodele Ibrahim, LRC Limited - Property Tax: An Effective Economic Development Tool

Paper 2: Faoziah Gamu, UNILAG - Analysis of Horizontal Equity in property taxation in Lagos State. Focus on the Land Use Charge

Paper 3: Faosiyat Oyeyemi Olajide-Adedamola, FIRS – Augmenting tax revenue in Nigeria: an assessment of financial risk management in three agro-ecological zones in Nigeria

Paper 4: Beecroft Ibukun, Covenant University - Catching up with High-growth Potentials? Understanding Firm-level Perception of the Tax Administration and Productivity in Nigeria

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Session 5: The E-economy and revenue in Nigeria

Chair and discussant: Alex Ezenagu, McGill University/ICTD

Paper 1: Dr Abiodun Philip Folarin, UNILAG - Taxation of E-Commerce and Developing Countries: A Case of New Wine in an Old Skin

Paper 2: Mustapha Ndajiwo, FIRS Research and Development Department/UNISA - E-commerce Taxation: A Framework to Broaden the Tax Base in Nigeria

Paper 4: Daniel Godson Olika, UNILAG - Towards Taxation of Domain Name Systems in Nigeria

Paper 5: Moshood Ibrahim Olawuyi, Tax Club OAU Ile-Ife - Redefining the Fixed Base Concept under Nigerian Law to keep pace with the 21st century Nigerian Economy: Facebook and Uber as Points of Reference

Closing roundtable: Linking Research to Revenue Policy in Nigeria: Pathways forward

 

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Day 3: Research development workshop

Session 1: Participants’ presentations on their research in progress

Session 2: Quantitative research session, led by ICTD CEO Professor Mick Moore

Session 3: Qualitative research session, led by NTRN Research Coordinator Dr Olly Owen

Session 4: Writing for policy audiences, led by ICTD Research Uptake Manager Rhiannon McCluskey