GID collects over D100M revenue 2021

Feb 17, 2022, 12:52 PM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko

Karanlang Jarju, the chief superintendent of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID), has disclosed that GID’s gross revenue collection for the year 2021 was D 103, 362, 940.00 in contrast to D91, 980, 370.00 in 2020.

He stated that the GID has improved with 11.01%.

According to Superintendent Jarju who speaking at a press conference held at the GID Headquarters in Banjul on Tuesday, most of the revenue were realised from ECOWAS ID cards, Machine Readable Passport (MRP), Biometric Passport and Residential Permit B  ECOWAS. 

He said this achievement could be linked to the increase in foreigners travelling on entry visa and also massive awareness creation for the renewal and regularisation of residence permit.

He added that the number of work permit issued also increased over the period – an achievement associated with the rigorous enforcement activities carried out by the GID over the period. 

According to him, GID is generally charged with the responsibility of enforcing all the enactments relating to entry, residence, employment and exit of foreign nationals in The Gambia.

He mentioned that GID also carried out administrative processing of applications for persons seeking immigration status, work permits, visas, visitors’ extension of stay.

"The department is responsible for the collections of fees from the processing of these applications including renewal which is provided for in the Immigration Laws and Regulations," he said. 

He points out that this development shows that the GID has made tremendous progress with regard to revenue collections. He added that they would work around the clock to ensure that this positive trend is carried over the next year, with more revenue measures being put in place.

Superintendent Jarju, noted that this measures include strengthening operational efficiencies, improvement and modernisation of system, opening more issuing centres and building and opening more new stations, intensifying raiding, maintaining a stance of zero tolerance to corruption and provision mobility.

He explained that director general of GID, Seedy M. Touray has made historic changes and improvement in revenue collections and also immensely catapulted the GID to its proper seat among others in the dispensation of its constitutional mandates.

Chief Spt. Jarju added that the level of service that Touray extended at GID is far beyond expectations.

Jarju urged non-Gambians who are not observing their tax obligation to comply with legislation and contribute their fair share so that together they can meet the needs of the country.