March 10, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Commissioner-General for the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Madam Haja Kallah-Kamara, has promised that the revenue agency would continue to complement government’s effort in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease.
The NRA boss was speaking during the donation ceremony of food items worth millions of Leones to Paramount Chief of Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom in Port Loko District for quarantined homes in that part of the country. She said the donation was in continuation of similar donations to help in the fight against the Ebola virus, which has claimed thousands of lives in the country.
She said the revenue collection agency was not oblivious of its social corporate responsibility, to give back to the people, thus the reason they thought it fit to provide food items to support people in quarantined homes.
She thanked staff of the NRA for their relentless effort to generating revenue for the government even during the worst Ebola outbreak in the world, and also thanked taxpayers for their cooperation.
“We have been alongside with the government in this Ebola virus fight and we have supported and donated Ebola related materials to the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), and helped other organizations to embark on Ebola sensitisation. We have opened a trust fund for families of health workers who lost their lives to Ebola,” she said. “Prior to that we have adopted a village in the Port Loko District and we have been assisting them greatly. We have also donated to disabled groups, amputee groups and others.”
Madam Kamara urged the people of Port Loko to eschew tradition for the time being and abide by rules and regulations to help break the chain of transmission in the district, which remains one of few districts still recording cases.
Earlier, Corporate Affairs Manager, Mohamed Bangura, said since the NRA was established previous Commissioners General were only generating billions of Leones, but the current boss now generates trillions of Leones.
He attributed the positive development to the implementation of proper strategies for collecting revenue to the effect that they were able to meet their target for last year, despite the Ebola outbreak.
Receiving the items, Paramount Chief Bai Shebora Sheba Gbereh III thanked the NRA delegation and noted that the donation was timely as some Section Chiefs had just reported that some quarantine homes have gone for three days without food.
He said since the virus was reported in the chiefdom a lot of sensitisation had been undertaken by stakeholders, while security measure had been put in place to ensure that residents comply with by-laws aimed at containing the virus.
“We have heard a lot of good things that the NRA is doing and we have seen a lot of good things too, that is why we are happy to receive you. On behalf of my people, I want to say we are grateful and we appreciate the donation,” he concluded.