NRA To Meet Le2.7 Trillion Target

The Cooperate Affairs Manager of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) is very much hopeful that his institution will hit the Le2.7 trillion target with the support and cooperation of every Sierra Leonean.

Speaking in a special interview with this press,  Mr. Mohamed Bangura disclosed even though the said money will not be enough for  government in terms of addressing its many he financial issues in the country but will go a long way to address key issues which include payment of salaries, among others.

Mr. Bangura stated that gone are those days when government relied on donors to pay salaries to teachers and the forces as according to him, the NRA is now working hard to support government in that direction.

He boasted that the NRA has been very prudent in collecting revenue over the years, by meeting the yearly targets. In 2011, he went on, “the Authority hit the One Trillion target and it has, over the years, meet and surpassed government’s target.”

Mr. Bangura however expressed disappointment that certain Sierra Leoneans are defrauding the state and depriving it of its much needed revenue. He went on to state that some lie to Custom Officers by making false declaration on the vehicles they bought from neigbouring Guinea. He further noted that the task to clamp down on criminals remains a daunting one as NRA officials, he maintained could not be everywhere.

The effect of the deadly Ebola outbreak, he added, is also another factor responsible for the economic downturn as most of the companies which used to operate in the country wined up and are   yet to return. Some mining companies, he disclosed are not cooperating fully with the Authority and for which, he said, stringent measures against them.