EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Brikama Area Council –BAC- will launch its first digital tax management system on January 7, at Kairaba Beach hotel, Chief Executive Officer Modou Jonga has said.
Speaking to Eyeafrica’s Good Morning Africa Programme on Friday, Mr Jonga said the new system is meant to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of revenue collection and its management.
He said their migration from analogue tax management system will also serve the council’s long term objective to ensure transparency and accountability in its governance.
This innovative approach appears to be in response to public pressure on the council to demonstrate development ambition in the name of tax payers.
Mr Jonga said the digital tax management system is a core product of the existing partnership between the Council and 5C Energy from 2019 to 2029.
A Swiss-based company, 5C Energy is duly registered in The Gambia. The company specializes in digital transformation solution, and will provide capability in maintaining the necessary services for the implementation of the digital tax management system.
In July 2019, a group of youth in the West Coast Region that called themselves Occupy BAC protested against the Council in what they referred to as the tactlessness of one of the country’s largest local tax collector.
They said the peaceful protest was meant to activate the Brikama Area Council from “slumber” to effectively respond to the expectations of its people.
The protesters remained solid until Police launched indiscriminate firing of teargas, leading to market shutdown during the period.
Story written by Binta Badjie