Several check points have re-emerged in most parts of the country created by Local Councils with the sole aim of collecting local taxes and other revenues from residents and travelers for the day to day running of the various Local Councils.
According to a Local Authority in Mattru Gong, Solomon Lebbie, the aim of the check point is to ensure that “no stone is left unturned with regard to the payment of taxes to the council”.
He added that, the council had been finding it very difficult to collect taxes and other revenues from the public. As government subsidies are not enough to undertake development programs, the collection of these taxes would help to strengthen the revenue base of these councils.
Solomon Lebbie noted that the check points are manned by the Local Administrative Police (NA) supported by volunteer youths.
He maintained that, they are advised not to intimidate, harass or fight with the public, over payment of taxes, but to properly explain to the public and encourage them to pay their taxes on time to avoid future embarrassment.
He added that the council would sensitize people to respect the law and pay their taxes so that they can use the proceeds to rehabilitate roads, construct water wells and undertake community development projects that would benefit the people.
Solomon Lebbie further noted that people are gradually cooperating with the council, even though things are hard and most people are unemployed. He however failed to disclose the amount generated so far, since the erection of the check point.
Concluding he called on the public to give the council their moral and financial support for the development of the community and the country as a whole. By Saidu Bah