As NRA Boss Shifts To Top Gear… Gbalamuya Customs Post Nets Billions

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

The National Revenue Authority (NRA) Supervisor at the Gbalamuya Customs Post in Kambia District, Mr. Joseph Rogers has disclosed that since he took over the post, they have been hitting above the Le2 billion monthly target.

In an exclusive interview with this press during the familiarization tour of customs posts around the country by the new Commissioner General, Dr. Samuel Jibao, Mr. Joseph Rogers said with team spirit, commitment and determination in fulfilling the Commissioner General’s dream for more revenue mobilization, they have surmounted the problem of hitting their target every month with consummate ease.

“In my first month in June this year, we collected Le2.5 billion and by mid July we were already above Le2 billion,” disclosed the Supervisor, noting that they are determined to go way above that target in future.

According to Mr. Rogers, business at the customs post is no longer as usual. He noted that the businesspeople complaining about charges are those who were the direct beneficiaries of what he described as dubious deals prior to his transfer as supervisor of the customs post.

Meanwhile, some importers, hirers and other stakeholders in Kambia district have complained of the stringent measures put in place by Supervisor Rogers which they believe have discouraged them from doing business.

They complained of their goods and wares being impounded at the customs post for higher taxes which they alleged are far above the cost prices. They therefore called on government through the NRA Commissioner General to help cushion their tax burden so that they would not go out of business or resort to smuggling.