The Commissioner of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) Alieu Sesay has handed over a cheque of two million and eighty thousands Leones (Le 2,080,000) for 416 employees in the Western Area to Freetown Mayor Herbert George Williams.
“NRA is always setting the pace in fulfilling its obligations and corporate social responsibilities,” the Commissioner said at the ceremony.
He added that his organization which is mandated by the government to collect revenue also has its obligations to pay tax to the local council, noting that the cheque paid is for 416 employees in the Western area and that it will also extend to staff working in the provinces.
Mr. Sesay urged other institutions, agencies and departments to emulate their style by paying the tax to reduce the burden of the City council.
In receiving the Cheque, Mayor Williams thanked the Commissioner for fulfilling their obligations and described them as a role model in society.
“This is like setting the pace as NRA as an institution responsible for collecting tax are paying their own tax,” the Mayor said, smiling. “I hope this will open the doors for other organization to pay their tax to enable the council fulfill its obligations to its citizens.”
“I believe and have confidence in the leadership of the Commissioner,” he continued, adding that he hoped the relationship between the Council and NRA will grow from strength to strength.
The Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr Richard Conteh, commended NRA for the initiative of sourcing the needs of the council.
He called on other organizations and institutions to copy the steps taken by NRA to promote development in the country.
By Abibatu Kamara