NRA donates to Grafton Amputee Camp


NOVEMBER 10, 2014  By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

As part of their corporate social responsibility to give back to tax payers in the country, the National Revenue Authority (NRA) on Friday (7th November) donated food items worth over Le5 million to the Grafton Amputee Camp.

Making a statement at the donation ceremony, Corporate Affairs Manager, Mohamed Bangura, said the revenue authority is a government entity that is charged with the responsibility to collect revenue for the state. He said the institution has a ‘mother’ in the person of the Commissioner-General, under whose guidance the NRA management decided to donate to amputees in the Grafton community.

He said the authority recognizes the fact that those amputated during the eleven years war in the country were tax payers and that the tax they paid contributed immensely to the development of the country.

He also used the opportunity to remind amputees in the camp to be always conscious about the Ebola outbreak in the country, which has killed over a thousand Sierra Leoneans, and enjoined them to always wash their hands after using the toilet and not to touch or wash dead bodies.

“The Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority, Haja Kallah Kamara, said I should inform you people that the NRA management loves and cares about you people. She said I should tell you to stay calm and be healthy by abiding to the rules being given by the health officers in other to avoid the Ebola disease that is terrorizing the people in the country,” Bangura said.

Also speaking, chairman for the camp, Abu Koroma, paid tribute to the team from NRA and said the donation came at the right time as it would go a long way in alleviating the difficult economic impact of the outbreak.

He revealed that amputees have been going through difficulties since the start of the outbreak in May as non-governmental organisations that were helping them with food have all left, for fear of the Ebola.

“On behalf of my brothers and sisters in the camp, I must say we are really impressed by the National Revenue Authority for remembering us with such gesture. We intend to send a letter of thanks and appreciation to the Commissioner General, but when you return tell her we appreciate the gesture,” he said.

Also, Sheik Ibrahim Conteh, Councillor for Ward 327 in Constituency 92, said that since the Ebola outbreak things have not been normal. He praised NRA for the donation, especially at a difficult time in the country’s history.

He also encouraged the amputees to continue paying their taxes for national empowerment.