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Tinubu Appoints Undergraduate to Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms Committee


By Grace Chigbu

Abuja – In a remarkable move underscoring the Nigerian government’s commitment to inclusivity and youth empowerment, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the appointment of Orire Agbaje, a 400-level undergraduate from the University of Ibadan (UI), to the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms on August 8.

The decision to incorporate younger talents into crucial policy-making realms showcases a fresh approach to governance. The President seems keen on tapping into the innovative energy and perspectives of Nigeria’s youth to bolster the nation’s fiscal policy.

Miss Agbaje, who is currently studying Economics at UI, is not just an average student. She is the sitting President of the University of Ibadan’s Tax Club (@ui_taxclub) and the Student Economic and Investment Hub, Ibadan (@SEIHUnibadan). Furthermore, her credentials are augmented by her distinction as a Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) Scholar. This combination of academic prowess and leadership roles suggests that Miss Agbaje possesses a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

The news of the appointment was announced through an official presidential tweet. It read, “One of the members of the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms inaugurated by President @officialABAT today is a 400-level Economics student of the University of Ibadan, Miss Orire Agbaje. She holds prominent positions as President of @ui_taxclub and @SEIHUnibadan and is a distinguished NHEF Scholar.”

The committee, which was officially inaugurated in Abuja, will be chaired by Taiwo Oyedele. With a pressing mandate, it is tasked with delivering a schedule of rapid reforms that the nation can set into motion within a month of their recommendation. The goal, as stated by the President, is to identify and introduce pivotal reform measures within half a year. The full implementation of these reforms is projected to be achieved within one calendar year, indicating the urgency and priority the government attaches to fiscal policy and tax reforms.

President Tinubu’s decision has garnered considerable attention from both supporters and critics. Advocates argue that this move signals a recognition of the capabilities and potential of young Nigerians. By bringing younger minds to the decision-making table, the government might benefit from a fresh and more contemporary perspective on fiscal policy. This could lead to innovative solutions that cater to the needs and aspirations of a significant demographic of the population.

Critics, on the other hand, may question the wisdom of placing such significant responsibilities on relatively inexperienced shoulders. Yet, it is essential to consider that committees such as these are a blend of experienced professionals and fresh minds, ensuring a balanced approach to problem-solving.

Miss Agbaje’s appointment is a testament to her achievements and the trust placed in her capabilities. It also sends a clear message to Nigerian youth: their voices, experiences, and insights are crucial in shaping the nation’s future.

As the country keenly watches the committee’s proceedings, many hope that this move will herald a new era in Nigerian governance where youth involvement is not just symbolic but actively sought after and valued. The coming months will undoubtedly reveal how this blend of experience and youthful innovation impacts the nation’s fiscal landscape.

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