Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Kambia District Council Chair Laments Revenue Collection

Chairman of the Kambia District Council has revealed that revenue collection has been a thorn in the flesh of the Council and as a result they have not been able to generate much needed resources to implement development projects.

Samuel Adekalie Sankoh told Concord Times that revenue they collect from tax levies are not enough to fully implement and sustain projects currently being undertaken by the Council.

He noted that it is an uphill task to collect over Le.400 million they had set as target at the start of the year as they have only been able to collect Le.275 million.

"Revenue collection has been a major problem for us. The money we are collecting on taxes is not enough to implement the many projects we have at hand," he said. "We are inviting investors to come and open shops and other centers to help us improve the district and collect more revenue."

Chairman Sankoh explained that the erstwhile Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ambassador Dauda Kamara had in a letter stated that the Chiefdom administration should be allocated 80% of the total revenue collected, while a paltry 20% should go to the District Council, which according to him is "unacceptable."

"We find the then Local Government Minister's statement very strange. How can we in the District Council get 20% of the total revenue collected and the Chiefdom Administration 80%?" he quizzed. "The minister's circular should not be above the law."

He opined that other Councils across the country are also opposed to the decision and that the current Minister of Local Government, Mrs. Finda Diana Konomanyi-Kabba has been informed about the anomaly, but she is yet to take appropriate action.

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