Nigerian government is doing all it can to reflate the nation’s economy that slipped into recession in the second quarter of 2016 and one revenue earner that it is not willing to let go is taxation.

There is need to boost revenue from taxes from communities and to achieve this, the government has started training some 27 unemployed graduates as community Tax Liaison officers.

They will go to schools, churches, mosques, markets and other social places to educate people on the tax system and let them know what their obligation is.

Through the programme, the Federal Government expects to increase the number of tax payers by 35% that is from 14 million to about 17 million in two years.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, met with the graduates presently undergoing training at Federal Treasury Academy, Orozo FCT.

She told reporters in Abuja on Friday that the 27 people had been selected from the N-Power programme to be the pilot set of the community tax awareness project.

“This is a five-day course, and this is the first set of Community Tax Liaison Officers.

“These first set of graduates had already registered on the N-Power website.

“We went through the applications and selected specific disciplines such as accounting, business studies, economics, mathematics and relevant disciplines.

“The website is still open for more people to register.

“We want to run this pilot edition early, so we can see how much they have learnt, how good our training materials are, so that when we get the 7,500 graduates, we will be ready,’’ she said.

One of the Participants, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Uwafure Destiny, said he feels lucky, being part of the project to increase the number of tax payers in Nigeria.

“Even with the recession, when every eligible tax payer comes voluntarily to pay their tax, our economy will be revamped and Nigerians will have a cause to smile once again,” he said.

The Federal Government had last week announced that it would recruit 7,500 graduates through the N-Power programme as Community Tax Liason Officers to raise awareness on tax among citizens.

The graduates would be recruited on a two-year fixed contract at 30,000 Naira per month and a promise of added incentives such as sponsored professional training on tax if the programme becomes a success.