FOWLER, Dr Babatunde

Born August 12, 1956
Dr Babatunde Fowler is a Nigerian public officer, tax administrator and social reformer. He started out as a Marketing Intern with Avon Products Inc. New York, working under the Vice President in charge of Africa. Dr Fowler Later on 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 2 major commercial banks over the next 20 years. Upon leaving the banking industry in 2004, Dr. 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.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Mrs. Rosemary Fowler
Father's Name Professor (Dr)Fowler
Mother's Name (Chief) Mrs. W.V. Fowler
Working Experience

Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service and Chairman Joint Tax Board.

Previous Appointments:

– Marketing Intern, Avon Products Inc. New York (working under the Vice President in charge of Africa);

– Johnson and Johnson in New Jersey USA, thereafter he was transferred to join Johnson and Johnson, Nigeria, September 1982-September 1983;

– Credit Lyonnais Nigeria Limited, (Commercial Bank), January 1984;

– Treasurer, Credit Lyonnais Nigeria Limited;

– Branch Manager, Credit Lyonnais Nigeria Limited (Apapa Branch, the first branch of the bank outside the head office);

– Senior Manager, Chartered Bank, April 1990, ( Working for the bank in various positions for 14 years);

– Permanent Secretary/ Executive Chairman, Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue, November 24, 2005 ( Upgraded as the highest level in the Civil Service);

– Pioneer Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service and Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue, 2006;

– Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria;
– Fellow, Business Management Association (UK);
– Member( Foundation), Money Market Association of Nigeria;

Igbogbi College, Lagos State; University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, United States, 1978; California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1981.

– Awarded, Honorary Senior Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, 2004;
– Recipient, Outstanding Government Personality of the Year (2014) by the organisers of the Leadership Award For African Achievers

– Honoris Causa by Certified Board of Administrators of Nigeria, May 2007

The new Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue (as it is now referred to) achieved the following within eight years of Dr Fowler’s stewardship between 2006-2013:
– A sharp increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from an average of N3.6 Billion monthly as at January, 2006 to an average of over N23 Billion monthly as at June, 2015;
– Improved quality of service delivery to taxpayers;
– Improvement in the use of IT and other modern methods of tax administration;
– An unprecedented enlightenment campaign on tax administration and education in Africa;

Dr Fowler remains a vocal voice against Nigeria’s over-dependence on oil revenue. The position was reiterated by him at an international conference where he warned the Federal Government of Nigeria that the “drastic drop in revenue had a negative impact on the balance in the federation account and by extension the amount accruing to the three tiers of government (in Nigeria) during the year 2009”.

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