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Mustapha is the founder of the African Centre for Tax and Governance (ACTG). He is currently the Commissioner for Budget and Planning for Niger State in Nigeria.
He is a public financial management expert, a digital transformation strategist and a tech enthusiast that have cofounded a few startups in Nigeria.
As a tax policy expert with about a decade experience with the
Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria, his proficiency and skills include conducting audit,
taxpayer education and tax policy research and analysis.
Mustapha was Africa’s Regional Coordinator of the United Nations High-Level Panel of
Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI) Before taking up the role with
the UN FACTI Panel, Mustapha served as technical advisor to the Executive Chairman of
Federal Inland Revenue Service Nigeria.
Mustapha has assisted many revenue authorities in developing strategic plans and compliance risk frameworks.
Mustapha has worked with the Tax Justice Network and has consulted for the International
Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) UK, Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA), Friedrich Ebert
Stiftung (FES), Public Service International (PSI) and the German Development Cooperation
(GIZ) among others. He holds a BSc in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a
Masters in Tax Policy and Tax Administration from the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
He is currently completing a PhD in Commercial Law at the University of Cape
Mustapha is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, a member of the
expert group - United Nations office of the Special Adviser on Africa. Mustapha serves on the
advisory boards of the Nigerian Tax Research Network, the Journal on financing for
development and The Open Foundation Initiative Uganda among others.
He has published research on different tax policy issues and presented the same at various
local and international conferences. He has participated in many high-level tax policy
discussions including the sessions of the UN Tax Committee of experts on international
cooperation and the high-level policy dialogue of the African Tax Administration Forum.
Mustapha has trained African members of parliament, top officials of African revenue
authorities, top officials of African ministries of finance, civil society actors and students on
different aspects of tax policy and administration. He has broad experience in tackling
various issues associated with tax policy and administration from both government and civil