NRA boss assures adopted village
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) last Friday (21st November) has assured residents of Gbomsamba village in Port Loko district that the revenue agency would bring them prosperity.
Commissioner Haja Kalah Kamara was speaking during a donation ceremony at the village, where the authority distributed food and non-food items worth millions of Leones to residents of the NRA adopted village.
She promised that the NRA would continue to render assistance to the village whenever they in dire need of one.
She told the gathering that paramount among their duties is to collect revenue for the state, although they also embark on corporate social responsibility, thus the rationale of adopting the village.
She continued that the NRA had plans to engage youth in village in agricultural activities, and plans to construct a school and health centre for residents, noting that they believe the three priorities are key to humanity.
“We have come here several times not because we just want to come but because we at the NRA are now part of this village. Now that the Port Loko district is being quarantined, we have come to give you food items for the December holiday as well as provide you with other items, including radios, batteries, books and pencils. I want to clearly state here that the radios are for the children who are not going to school for now because of the Ebola. They would use them to listen to the radio teaching programme and learn from the teaching programme,” she said.
Madam Kamara called on residents to be conscious and beware of the Ebola virus outbreak in the country, adding that they should always wash their hands after using the toilet, stop washing dead bodies and report any suspected Ebola case to health authorities.
“We at NRA care for you and we don’t want to hear that people are dying of Ebola in this village. You should abide by the rules and regulations of the health professionals. We all have seen how many medical doctors have died of the virus and that clearly shows that the virus is real and serious,” she advised.
Corporate Affairs Manager, Mohamed Bangura, said: “Let me use this opportunity to inform you that the fight against Ebola is not only for government but for every Sierra Leonean and we all need to join the fight by abiding by rules.”
Speaking on behalf of residents, Town Chief Samba Kargbo expressed appreciation for the gesture which he said will go a long way, and promised to heed to health advice to protect lives.