Aggrieved Revenue Agents In Liberia React Sharply
Posted February 6, 2004
Aggrieved revenue agents of the 26 collectorates at the Ministry of Finance,
have reacted sharply to news reports that they were dismissed from the Ministry
by the authority.
The revenue agents said at no time were they dismissed contrary to claims by
the Ministry as aired on a local radio station.
The aggrieved revenue agents said they stand by their earlier statement in which
they alleged that the authority at the Ministry were infusing untrained and
unqualified people with well-trained and qualified people.
The revenue agents said as a tax collector, one should be bonded and trained
for surety and honesty since they will handle government funds and other important
properties including flag receipts.
They added that contrary to this standing policy of the bureau, people are being
employed before they file bond.
They cited a particular case in point as the appointment of the new revenue
agent at the Buchanan Collectorate whose employment letter was signed by the
personnel director on December 17, 2003 before filing in bond.
They further accused the personnel director of usurping the function of the
Commissioner of Internal Revenue whose responsibility includes the assignment
and transfer of tax collectors to revenue agents with approval by the Assistant
Minister for Revenue.
According to them, they are not against the normal transfer procedure, stressing
that all they want is for such transfer to be done by the Commissioner of Revenue
and approved by the Assistant Minister of Revenue. They called for the intervention
of the NTGL Chairman in the illegal transfer of collectors.
They called on the NTGL Chairman to place stoppage on the pending induction
for the controversial newly appointed agents for Kakata and other places until
the problem is resolved to avoid payroll over-padding.
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