Apr 23, 2020, 12:08 PM
Januario Wonde Beducande Findan, a Bissau Guinean national who was reportedly arrested with cocaine by officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia (DLEAG) has reportedly commited suicide.
This development was confirmed by the commissioner general of the GRA Yankuba Darboe over the weekend.
According to Mr. Darboe, GRA was tasked to collect D12.5 billion in 2020 as revenue target, but due to the negative impact of the deadly coronavirus, the Ministry of Finance in consultation with the GRA reviewed and revised the said target accordingly, and thus has come with a target of D10.1 billion.
Mr. Darboe further disclosed that with the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, The Gambia will lose over D2 billion in revenues.
Darboe, however, assured that the GRA will meet the new government target revenue before the end of 2020.
He said that all this is possible due their efforts in maximizing revenue collection following the introduction of technology in revenue collection.
Secondly, he said their engagements with tax payers were also effective as compliance level has increased significantly.
Mr. Darboe thus commended the Public Enterprise companies for increasing voluntary tax compliance, saying without which it would be very difficult for GRA to collect such an amount of money on a monthly basis.
He also commended his management and staff for the hard work and determination.
The GRA boss used the opportunity to call on all and sundry to voluntarily come forward and pay their taxes as GRA is mandated to collect taxes for national development.
He also emphasised that GRA will remain ever committed to ensuring that it plays it rightful role in mobilising the required financial resources for the realisation of national development.
The UK Government has announced a charter flight to get British nationals stranded in The Gambia home safely.
The minister of Health Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh on Saturday in his daily press briefing, said the current situation of the covid-19 in the country, called for calm, while urging Gambians to report any suspected case (s) of novel coronavirus as the country registered five new cases.
Disgruntled retired soldiers of Intake 30 of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) who are currently demanding the payment of their gratuity, leave encasement and WARPS have claimed that the Army is not “transparent in the payment of their benefits”.