ADB, NRA meet over Commissioner’s sacking
By: Nelson Mandela Denis
A team from African Development Bank and the National Revenue Authority met last week to discuss the aftermath of sacked Commissioner General Dr. Olympio Attipoe.
Reliable source says a team comprising the continental bank’s lawyer, a member from headquarters and the South Sudan Country representative were in the country for the possibility of discontinuing the multimillion NRA projects which were being overseen by Ottipoe.
The fate of the NRA remained at stake as the organization struggles to find replacement for the sacked Commissioner.
The source said “last week a team from the African Development Bank including the Bank’s lawyer visited Juba looking into possibilities of withdrawing funding or support from NRA after the sacking of the Commissioner General a month ago.
“The Commissioner General was seconded by the government through the bank to strictly oversee the building of the New Revenue Institution supported with funds from ADB,” said the source.
After his sacking, the then board of directors were disbanded and new one was formed.
This week, the advertisement for the position of NRA Commissioner was cancelled by Garang Majak Bol, the Frist Undersecretary in the Ministry of Finance for unspecified reasons.
The source further said the “multi-billion project funded by African Development Bank is in limbo and risking withdrawal from the Bank”.
It has been two months since the Commissioner General of the Authority was sacked and since then, the body has not declared the revenue collection report of the past months.
According to a reliable source, a questionable board was constituted with eleven members instead of nine as required by the authority law appointing the board.
According to policies of the authority, the board may recommend to the Minister the termination of the service of the Commissioner General for the following reasons such as violation, misconduct or malpractices against terms set in the code of the Authority Act.
The sacking of Attipoe came as a result of Ministerial order from the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Salvatore Garang.
To date, no clear reason has been publicly given for the sacking of Attipoe.