NFTR Gambia Chapter meets Atlas MD

Friday, July 19, 2019

Executive Network of Financial and Tax Reporters (NFTR) Gambia chapter on Wednesday called on the Managing Director of Atlas Energy Company at his office at Old Jeshwang.

The visit was designed to brief and acquaint Hally Mass Jobe about the formation and current engagements as well as the level of preparations ahead of the official launch of the network.

 The delegation was led by the president of the NFTR- Gambia chapter- Abdoulie Nyockeh.

Speaking at the ceremony, Abdoulie Nyockeh, president of NFTR Gambia chapter explained that the network was formed, following a recommendation at a regional training he attended in Kigali, Rwanda last March.

The training, he said, was organised by African Tax Administration secretariat based in South Africa and in attendance was 72 communicators and journalists.

Nyockeh indicated that, the training seeks to expose participants into crucial insights of tax and financial issues, to be able to better report on tax and its related matters.

He maintained that at the end of the training, one of the recommendations was for participants to form a network of tax reporters within their countries that will help in creating more awareness about tax issues. 

‘This was what prompted the formation of the NFTR Gambia chapter branch and its members comprise from various media outlets and communicators in The Gambia’.

The objective of the network, he went on, is to ensure that there is a fair play on tax payment between the government, business community and the private sectors.

Receiving the NFTR Gambia chapter executives, Hally Mass Jobe expressed delight to learn about the formation of this network, as tax is a cause for concern.

 He stressed the need for transparency in the payment of taxes, adding that the role of the media in promoting more awareness on taxes is key.

He then challenged the executive to show more commitment to the network and deliver as expected.

Atlas MD also spoke at length on the need for journalists to start focusing on financial and tax related reporting.

 He assured of his total support to the network at all times.

Author: Fatoumatta Koma