River Region (URR) Deputy Governor Omar Sey last week received the board of
directors and senior management of The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) in his
office in Basse. The visit is part of GRA official’s routine familiarization
tour to its regional tax office.
During the meeting, deputy governor Sey commended the Authority for their firm commitment and dedication in collecting maximum revenue for the country last year.
He also commended GRA for intensifying their sensitisation program on the importance of tax and why people should pay it.
He said the GRA board of directors and senior management tour was a move in the right direction, saying certainly they will not receive any adverse report concerning the performance of the GRA staff in the region.
Mr. Sey further stated that the tax that GRA collects is not for them but for national development, which he said, is very necessary for people to know and understand.
“People must also understand that tax need to be paid for national development. We meet quarterly and discuss issues of great concern and activities on the ground and chart out ways forward which we use as parameter to know our challenges and what could be done to overcome them.”
The money that GRA collects as taxes, he explained, are used to build health facilities and provide medicine, infrastructure, build schools, pay salaries and other national development aspirations.Objective of the GRA officials visit to URR is to get first-hand information on what its staff are doing on ground, their challenges, progress of performance in tax collection and ways to overcome some of the challenges