Babatunde Fowler, the Executive Chairman Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue and Chief Executive Officer Lagos State Internal Revenue Service is set to be named the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
A source close to the Presidency told PM News that the giant strides of Fowler in Lagos state has landed him the top job under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The source said the announcement of Fowler will be made in the next few days, adding that, “it should be made public latest next week”.
Fowler who began his career as a marketing intern with Avon Products Inc. New York, was later employed by Johnson and Johnson in New Jersey USA, under a MBA International Development Program lasting one year, thereafter he was transferred to join Johnson and Johnson Nigeria between September 1982 and September 1983.
He made a career change from International Finance and Marketing to Banking in January 1984. In the banking industry he had the opportunity to work and also head broad and varied areas of banking operations and business development in two major commercial banks over the next 20 years.
He joined Commercial Bank (Credit Lyonnais Nigeria Limited) in January 1984, where he was exposed to all aspects of International Banking, Risk Management, and Clearing Operations. Positive reforms were introduced by him as the treasurer of the bank. He rose to the position of Apapa Branch Manager.
He left the bank for Chartered Bank in April 1990 as a Senior Manager where he spent the last 14 years in the banking industry.
Upon leaving the banking industry in 2004, Fowler joined the Lagos State Government and was appointed the pioneer Permanent Secretary/ Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue on the 24th of November 2005, thereby upgrading the office of the Executive Chairman to the highest level in the Civil Service.