Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA ) on Friday launched its 1st Maiden “Naamo”
Magazine’ at a ceremony held at institution’s conference room in Banjul.
The magazine focuses on issues that are relevant to the transformation of the institution especially on tax collection and some of the achievements registered over the past few years.
Speaking at the forum on behalf of the reporters that contributed to the magazine, Abdoulie Nyockeh, expressed gratitude and thanks his fellow reporters for being very supportive and committed during the course of writing.
He expressed hope that the Naamo Magazine launched will be a life changing one, as it will impact positively on the lives and livelihood of the taxpayers and GRA as well.
According to Mr. Nyockeh, the magazine centered on some of the activities undertaken by the (GRA) and some of their achievements as well as some commercial banks that signed a memorandum of understanding with the GRA.
He thanked the commissioner general of the GRA and assured him that he would continue doing more of this kind with his team.
The commissioner general of GRA, Yankuba Darboe, paid tribute for all those participated in writing the magazine.
He thanked their partners especially GPA who he said has paid over D72M in 2017 alone as tax, he also thanked the commercial banks, the Brikama Area Council, the director of SIS and other development partners for being tax compliant.
The GRA boss assured that the magazine is going to be an annual thing, and all those who are not tax compliant will not be part of it. He said they are accepting institutions that are very much tax compliant; noting it is only tax that can move this country forward.
Mr. Darboe urged the management to put together efforts in helping the tax payers to be compliant with their tax obligation.
‘’The Naamo magazine aims to capture key GRA activities during the year, which include training workshops, meetings and taxpayers event organised by GRA or in collaboration with their partners,’’ he stated.
Essa Jallow, deputy commissioner general GRA, and head of Domestic Tax said the magazine will go a long way in terms of cataloging the important events that they undertaken over a period of time.
“It is not easy to remember all their pass activities, but with this magazine, it is a reminder of their past activities,” he said.
He described the magazine as very quality and said will go a long way in complementing the works of GRA and also help people to know what is happing at the authority.
Alieu Ceesay, commissioner of Customs at GRA, also thanked the commissioner general and the top management of GRA for their collaboration in ensuring that the Naamo Magazine is realised. Mr. Ceesay talked about the quality of the magazine and thanked the production team for their professionalism, demonstrated in writing this magazine. “I think it is a very good magazine.” He also thanked the commissioner general for the leadership role that he played to ensure that this magazine is realised.
Ernest A. Mendy, director of Human Resources and Admin at GRA, also reiterated the importance attached to the Naamo Magazine and thanked Mr. Nyockeh and the team for their efforts taking to produce this very important magazine. He said considering this magazine, the producers have put a lot of effort to produce this magazine. He said the management of GRA must thank the team for a job well done. He said publicity is very important as we deal with taxpayers .He added that, therefore it is important that people know the importance of paying tax. He further cited that the magazine is also another avenue to propel and project GRA so that people will know what the institution has been doing.
Samba Sallah, deputy commissioner headquarter function at GRA, commended Mr. Nyockeh for his high sense of commitment in portraying the good image of the GRA. He advised Mr. Nyockeh and his team to continue the hard work and professionalism. We at GRA appreciate and acknowledge your contribution toward creating more visibility for the GRA.
Matty Njie Senghore, manager of Compliance and Taxpayer Education Unit of GRA, applauded the Mr. Nyockeh, the chief producer of the GRA 1st Maiden Naamo Magazine. He said this is geared towards complementing their efforts at the Education Unit of the GRA. “We really appreciate this magazine and urged you to continue with this trend.”
Also speaking was John Gomez the director of Internal Audit at GRA. He expressed similar sentiments and commended the production team for a wonderful job well done. We at GRA are very much appreciative of your efforts and I hope this will continue.
Saihou Denton, the director of Finance and Accounting, GRA, commended Mr. Nyockeh for an a excellent job. He described the magazine as well presented with quality and professionalism. He said the articles are very good and have covered a wide range of areas that GRA has done something. “We acknowledge your efforts and advised you to continue with this wonderful initiative.”
Ebrima Sallah, a senior legal adviser at GRA, said this will go a long way in complementing GRA’s effort in educating the taxpayers about the importance of paying tax.
Yahya Manneh, deputy director, Policy, Planning and Research at GRA, equally commended Mr. Nyockeh and the team for the hard work put in producing this Naamo Magazine. He said this is maiden edition and has started a very high standard level and the challenge, he added, is to maintain the standard in going forward. “I have no doubt that Mr. Nyockeh will maintain this spirit.”
The authors of the said magazine were: Abdoulie Nyockeh, Maimuna Sey-Jawo, Isatou Jawara and Omar Bah.