NOVEMBER 28, 2014
The Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) has said that notwithstanding the Ebola crisis, taxable businesses and individuals should embrace their patriotic duty and pay their taxes, noting that failure to pay taxes is undermining national efforts to fight the Ebola virus.
This, according to Madam Haja Kallah-Kamara, is because government’s efforts to meet daily expenditure, including the payment of salaries, depend on all taxpayers meeting their tax obligations. She was speaking at the handing over ceremony of a brand new Toyota bus to Fourah Bay College for use by the student body on Wednesday.
The revenue authority chief said the institution is aware of the economic, environmental and social impacts of its operations on society, and therefore it is in their interest and that of the country as a whole to focus attention on social responsibility particularly at this difficult time.
She added that it is not only the NRA’s responsibility to collect revenues, but also to contribute towards national development by supporting various developmental activities such as education.
Acting Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sierra Leone noted that NRA is the lifeblood of Sierra Leone, and assured the Commissioner-General that FBC will meet its tax obligations and urged other taxpayers to support the authority maximize revenue to aid government expenditure.
Chairman of the NRA Board of Directors, Sulaiman Kabba-Koroma Esq., in his statement, said while government has made commendable progress in education, health and infrastructure, it is heartrending to see how Ebola is not only disrupting the momentum of economic growth in the country, but also education.
He said it is now widely recognized that sustainable development cannot be achieved by government actions alone, and as such, big corporations as well as parastatals are increasingly being looked upon to support government’s development agenda through corporate social responsibility.
“Corporate social responsibility is now part of the Performance Tracking Table (PTT) to ensure that MDAs contribute to a number of core developmental issues already central to government’s Agenda for Prosperity such as education, health and agriculture,” he said, adding that the NRA takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously.
“Despite the indefinite closure of our universities and schools due to the Ebola outbreak, we must take charge of our children’s destiny and prepare ourselves for the eventual re-opening of schools. This is why we are here today to donate this bus.”