For 2019 Budget… NRA Wants Le129B

 

In order to hit this year’s target set by government, the Head of Budget of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Christian Alex Kamara has, during the ongoing 2019 budget hearing at Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) Complex in Kingtom, Freetown has pleaded with the Ministry of Finance to allocate one hundred and twenty one billion Leones (Le129bn) to the Authority for its 2019 budget.

According to Mr Kamara, the  government has already allocated hundred and seven billion Leones (Le107bn) but for effective revenue collection, he added, the said sum is not enough which is why the Authority is still pleading with government to increase the amount to Le129bn.

He further informed that NRA will be introducing and implementing phase 1 of the integrated tax administrative system in Freetown and electronic cash registers to enhance GST administration and collection.

“We also intend to migrate from Custom ASTCUDA++ to ASYCUDA World, construct NRA revenue house, rehabilitate NRA out stations, improve ICT skills and capacity across the Authority,” said Mr. Kamara, justifying why the Authority needs said Le129bn.

The Senior Budget Officer in the Ministry of Finance Cirus Joseph Authony Lusenie lauded the new NRA administration for the quick turnaround in revenue generation citing the Le120bn monthly collection. He promised that the ministry would look into the Authority’s plea.