In a remarkable development that highlights the potential of young talent in Nigeria, Orire Agbaje, a distinguished 400-level Economics student at the University of Ibadan (UI), has been appointed as a member of the prestigious presidential committee on fiscal policy and tax reforms. This significant appointment was made by President Bola Tinubu, underscoring Agbaje’s exceptional capabilities and proven leadership in the realm of taxation and fiscal matters.
Agbaje’s journey into the echelons of policy-making and reform began with her prominent role as the president of The Tax Club at the University of Ibadan, showcasing her deep understanding of tax-related matters. Her influence and impact also extend to the position of president of the Nigerian Universities Tax Club, a testament to her remarkable reach in the field.
Beyond her academic pursuits, Agbaje’s profile reflects her passion for crunching numbers, leading her to engage with challenging domains such as Accounting (ICAN), Corporate Finance, and taxation. Her LinkedIn profile proudly portrays her as an assertive and hardworking individual, currently specializing in International and Monetary Economics.
Known for her dedication to productivity and excellence, Agbaje’s leadership skills and ability to foster meaningful interpersonal connections are evident through her active participation in various arenas. Apart from her academic commitments, she is also recognized as an avid sports enthusiast and a dedicated volunteer.
The inauguration of the committee, composed of experts from both private and public sectors, took place recently at the State House. President Bola Tinubu himself led the inauguration, signifying the committee’s high significance. With a mandate spanning critical areas such as tax law reforms, fiscal policy design, tax harmonization, and revenue administration, the committee’s responsibilities are substantial.
President Tinubu emphasized the urgency for swift reforms in his address to the committee. “The Committee, in the first instance, is expected to deliver a schedule of quick reforms that can be implemented within thirty days,” he stated. He further underscored the importance of recommending critical reform measures within six months, with a comprehensive implementation timeline extending over a full calendar year.
At the helm of this crucial committee is Taiwo Oyedele, a distinguished tax and fiscal policy expert. With Oyedele’s seasoned leadership complemented by Agbaje’s youthful dynamism, the committee promises to bring a diverse and effective approach to driving the nation’s fiscal transformation. This collaboration between experienced leadership and emerging talent holds the potential to reshape Nigeria’s fiscal landscape for the better.