By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
Revenue authorities in the Upper River Region have renewed calls for voluntary tax compliance to help boost the Gambian economy.
The calls came after the completion of a two-day ‘mega seminar’ in URR, organised by the Gambia Revenue Authority.
“There is no country that can move without tax compliance from citizens,” one of the callers Foday Danj, who is also the chairman of the Basse Area Council stated.
To that end, he called for attitudinal change towards taxation.
“It is from tax that the government pay salaries, build hospitals, education, infrastructure and other social amenities”.
The Alkalo of Basse Mansajang, Peta Baldeh, said there is no other natural resources that can boost our economy, apart from tax collection.
The Alkalo of Basse Mr Salieu Bah, called on customs officers to be vigilant in collecting what is due to the state.
“I was very amazed to learn that GRA was able to collect over D800m in a single month, which is a significant achievement for this country.
“If the trend continues, I think this country will get whatever it desires thanks to the cooperation of all taxpayers and by extension, GRA.”