Hon. Justice Nelson Ogbuanya of the Port Harcourt Judicial Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria has been conferred with Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI), at the 40th Anniversary/ Fellowship Conferment Ceremony held on Saturday 15th October 2022 at the Victoria Island Lagos.
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria was chartered by the Federal Government of Nigeria by the enabling Act No. 76 of 1992 (now CITN Act, CAP C10, Vol. 2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004) and was charged with the responsibility, among others, of determining what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become a professional Tax Practitioner or Administrator.
The CITN cooperates with the United Kingdom-based Chartered Institute of Taxation. CITN is also affiliated with the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners and the West African Union of Tax Institutes.
The Institute is a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, the International Tax Directors Forum (ITDF), and the Association of African Tax Institutes (AATI).
Justice Ogbuanya, prior to his elevation to the bench was a former Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Corporate Law Practice at the Nigerian Law School, and has been an Associate-Member of the Institute (ACTI) since 2011.
While as a tax law practitioner, he made contributions to major tax policy reforms in Nigeria, such as his review of the legal status of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): from Corporate Philanthropy to Legal Obligation, and advocated for infrastructure tax credit scheme as an alternative to unregulated CSR practice by multinational and high profile corporations in Nigeria, as well as contributions in taxation issues relating to non-governmental organisations and educational institutions in Nigeria.
Quintessentially, in clear affirmation of Hon. Justice Ogbuanya’s expertise and prowess in the field, the Institute found his lordship worthy after fulfillment of all requirements and awarded him ‘Fellow’ of the Institute.
Hearty Congratulations My Lord, Hon. Justice Nelson Ogbuanya, FCTI