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NFTR prexy calls on private sector to recognise role of Media

Sep 2, 2021, 12:53 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S.Camara

The president of the Network of Financial and Tax Reporters (NFTR) Gambia chapter has called on both public and private sector to recognise the role of the media in national development.

He explained that the media is indispensable and plays a pivotal role in the society.

Abdoulie Nyockeh who was speaking in a recent interview with The Point, highlighted the need to build the capacity of journalists to be able to effectively and efficiently execute their work.

According to him, one of the visions of the Network is to empower and enhance the competence of Gambian Journalists through capacity building.

 “As media plays a critical role in creating more awareness in advocating for tax payment, the objectives of the NFTR Gambia chapter, is to enhance the competence of Gambian journalists in business, finance and Taxation reporting and data journalism; to enhance a critical understanding among Gambian journalists on the issues of reporting adequately on business, finance  and Taxation news; and to help Gambian journalists familiarise themselves with the activities of GRA and explain the Authority’s mandate to the general public.”

The media, he added, will find it very difficult to disseminate the right information to the general public ‘if they are not capacitize.’

The NFTR prexy noted that network is affiliated to the African Tax Media Network (ATMEN) based in South Africa, which comprises 150 tax reporters and tax communicators in Africa.

ATMEN, he further explained, was established purposely to champion the African Tax conversation with the aim of enhancing domestic resources mobilization and development on the continent.

“The objective of the NFTR Gambia chapter is to create strong collaboration between Tax reporters and Revenue Administration to enhance tax education and awareness in supporting domestic resources mobilization among others.”