Madam Elfreda Tamba, Commissioner General of Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), says though her entity has made significant contribution toward generating revenue , it was now time for government to make what she termed as “smart investment” so as to enhance the work of custom collectors especially those in the rural areas.
Madam Tamba emphasized that “revenue collection is not like “sand on the beach” that is free and readily available, instead, the process is very laborious and it requires making investment to accomplish.
Among such smart investments, she named logistics, housing and modern office facilities for tax collectors assigned to the rural parts of the country where, she said, they have managed to raise significant revenue over the period.
The LRA Commissioner General was quick to point out that government has been making tremendous contribution in that direction, but said more needs to be done, especially in the area of logistics.
These remarks were made when she presented nine (9) vehicles, each valued at US$29,500, to be used by the entity Tax and Customs Business Offices situated in seven of the 15 counties.
“Today, we are climbing yet another step on what we call smart investment in revenue collection,” she said. “We see this as a ladder and we are of a strong conviction that government though the LRA must make smart investments in order to empower us for the collection of revenue.
“We also want to thank government,” she added, “particularly the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, because it is through them that we were able to get the vehicles.”
According to her, the LRA’s strategy is to invest in logistics and infrastructure such as office space and housing for the collectors assigned at various points.”
“If these are done we can rest assured that in a year to come Liberians would see and feel the impact [has investment has] made in their lives, especially regarding the development of their respective communities from the collection of the revenue,” she maintained.