In a significant development for the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Commissioner General Ibrahim Brima Swaray has officially sealed a contract on September 20, 2023, with Lurubasa Investment for the construction of a state-of-the-art administrative and commercial complex. The complex, which promises to address longstanding accommodation challenges faced by the NRA, is slated to be located on Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
Under the terms of the contract, the administrative building is set to contain an impressive eight floors, complete with basements, canteens, car parks, a roof garden, relaxation and daycare facilities for NRA staff. These eight floors will cater to essential support departments, including Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Services, Finance and Budgets, Information Technology (IT), Monitoring Research and Planning, Modernization, Internal Controls and Audits, as well as the Commissioner General’s office. Meanwhile, the commercial building will house offices for operational departments, such as Domestic Tax, Non-Tax Revenue, and the Customs Service Department, along with additional recreational amenities for NRA personnel.
The ambitious project is projected to span a duration of twenty-four months, starting from the date of the contract’s signing by both parties.
The NRA has grappled with acute accommodation challenges over the years, forcing the Board and Management to seek accommodation solutions in various locations. Commissioner General Swaray emphasized the substantial investments made in addressing accommodation needs within the institution during this period. With the upcoming construction of this complex, it is anticipated that this long-standing issue will be definitively resolved, providing a permanent solution for the NRA.
The contract signing ceremony marks a pivotal moment for the NRA as it looks forward to enhancing its operational efficiency and providing improved working conditions for its dedicated staff. The new administrative and commercial complex is poised to become a symbol of progress for the institution and contribute to its mission of revenue collection and service delivery to the nation.