Bio Acts Tough

 

Metaphorically, His Excellency President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio has hit the ground running since his swearing in as the new Head of State past week Wednesday. Since Friday last week, the Office of the President has issued a number of edicts aimed at stamping Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio’s authority on the state machinery that includes, for example, ordering that civil servants should be at their desks from 8.30a.m. to 4.45p.m.

The latest edict issued from State House on Monday 9th April which is part of his government’s commitment to reduce leakages and to enhance domestic revenue mobilization for funding development programs under the ‘New Direction’ administration called for the following measures to be put into immediate effect: That all duty and tax waivers to organizations, agencies, companies and contractors are suspended except for organizations that fall under the relevant Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Missions to which the country is signatory; that duty and tax waivers granted under agreements ratified by Parliament be suspended immediately; and that all duty exemption permits are also suspended and all current exception requests submitted by government must be retrieved immediately by applicants; that with immediate effect, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government that collect and retain government revenue are directed to transfer all such revenues into the Consolidated Revenue Fund consistent with the provisions of the Financial Management and Control Act 2017; that the Accountant General is hereby directed to close all the revenue accounts of agencies listed in the Fiscal Management and Control Act 2017 and to open same at the Bank of Sierra Leone for the collection of all revenues previously administered by these agencies with immediate effect; that the Chief Executive Officers of all commercial banks are advised to stop withdrawal of funds from their accounts with immediate effect; and lastly, that export of timber logs have been suspended with immediate effect.

The concerned government authorities were directed to give immediate effect to the aforementioned measures.