The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), has elected new officers to steer the affairs of the institute for the next two years.
Following the successful conduct of the 27th yearly general meeting of the institute, Dr. Cyril Ikemefuna Ede, who is now the immediate past president, passed on the leadership baton to Dame Gladys Olajumoke Simplice.
Simplice was unanimously elected the 14th President of the Institute at an extra- ordinary council meeting held at the institute’s secretariat. Other elected officers of council includ: Mr. Adesina Adedayo – Vice President, Barr. Samuel Olushola Agbeluyi – Deputy Vice President and Mr. Innocent Ohagwa was elected as the Honorary Treasurer.
A statement by Head, Corporate Services, Afolake Oso, explained that Dame Simplice started her academic career at Araromi Baptist School, Moloney, Lagos while her secondary education was at the Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, Lagos and Premier Grammar School, Lafenwa, Abeokuta.
She commenced her Higher School Certificate (HSC) with Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-ode, and finished at the Saint Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos.
Thereafter, she proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria, where she graduated with a B.Sc in Economics.
She started her training in accountancy with the firm of A B Alabi & Co/Alabi Bakoh Ekundare & Co. (Chartered Accountants and Secretaries). She was thereafter employed as an Assistant Accountant at a private Fisheries Company, Transcontinental Fisheries Ltd in Lagos.
In August 1982, Simplice commenced her tax career with the Federal Inland Revenue Department, (now Federal Inland Revenue Service), and retired after 27 years of a fulfilling and meritorious service.
Due to her diligence during her service years, she was given a contract appointment as Head, Channels Management of the Corporate Communication Department of FIRS in 2009.
She made a lot of improvement in the Department and initiated the idea of a Revenue Museum, which is still a work in progress at FIRS.
She played a strong supportive role in the development of the CITN since 1982 and she has not looked back in terms of her total commitment to the institute till date.
She has successfully headed several committees of council and was until her election, the Chairman, Finance and General Purposes Committee.