The appointed of Alieu Sesay, as the Commissioner General of NRA, was an attempt by President Ernest Koroma to settle the leadership wrangling at the National Revenue Authority (NRA).
This appointment kept heads rolling and dissatisfactions from various quarters surfaced.
However, the president has made his own appointments whether based on political sentiments or the fact that Alieu Sesay had been the director of Revenue and Tax Policy.
Mr Alieu’s appointment was approved by parliament on 21 January 2008. He told the Parliamentary Appointments Committee during his interview that his training in the universities had adequately prepared him for the job coupled with his work at the ministry of Finance where he studied tax policies and administration.
Mr Osman Barrie, who acted as Commissioner General for about two months after the previous NRA boss John Karimu was sacked, had favourable fingers pointing at him for the top job.
But much to his chagrin, the enviable position was snatched from him and given to Alieu Sesay who political experts say ‘came from the blue’.
Mr Osman Barrie sent in a letter of resignation which would take effect on the 16 May this year. During a press conference convened by NRA on Tuesday where Osman Barrie, who is still the deputy Commissioner General presided, the press asked him for clarifications on his resignation. Mr Barrie said, “I did indicate that I will resign but the reality of that belongs to the future. I think what we need to do is to wait for 16th May.”
He continued, “probably there will be a change in my role in NRA”.
The deputy Commissioner General said, “I have a responsibility to NRA like all of you for its success”.
Mr Barrie’s reply was ambiguous and he admitted this fact. He also pointed out that, “I am being ambivalent but when we get there we will know.”
However, observers say the differences that NRA was shackled with had been resolved and that this was also seen during the press conference where both men (Alieu Sesay and Osman Barrie) sat together and outlay to the press their plans to modernize NRA and take it to another level.
“Osman Barrie might not resign after all because we need all the expert hands to resuscitate the Authority and Mr Barrie is one big beacon with expertise, experience and professionalism in the Authority,” said one NRA worker.
By Mohamed Fofanah