Alic moves to seal Nimule revenue leakages

Alic moves to seal Nimule revenue leakages

The governor of the Bank of South Sudan, Dr James Alic, said the bank has extended its branch to Nimule to ease revenue collection and curb illegal practices.

Addressing the media on Tuesday in Juba on the current economic crisis, Alic said the revenue collection agencies operating in Nimule would soon relinquish their duty to the BoSS branch to boost collection and prevent leakages.

 “When the Central Bank branch opens in Nimule, it is going to be easy. Those collecting agencies will not be there anymore. Anybody importing to South Sudan will just come to the Central Bank; pay their fees, and then go and clear,” Alic said.

Alic said that since 2019, the government has been planning to open up a branch in Nimule to address the problem.

“This is one way the government is working to enable the branch to become operational so that the revenue collection in Nimule can increase,” Alic stated.

He alleged that although some government officials are involved in the collection, the minister of finance and planning, Dr Bak Barnaba, is working to ensure that the challenges hindering reforms are cleaned up.     

“There are reports of some government officials who are involved in the collection, I don’t know who they are, but the minister of finance and planning is working to ensure that the roadblocks are removed so that reforms can take place,” he said.  

“There have been reports of illegal non-oil revenue collection in the country, especially along the Nimule Road, mainly carried out by the organised forces,” he said.

“They collect the money along Nimule Road without wiring it into the right channel,” he added.

On Tuesday, a civil society activist, Edmund Yakani, appealed to the minister of finance and planning to find appropriate ways of sealing the loopholes being exploited to steal government funds.

He said the revenue collection system lacks security measures to prevent theft.

 “The Ministry of Finance, the National Revenue Authority, the Petroleum Ministry, and Nile Petroleum, they need to sit down and agree on how to neutralize revenue, and non-oil resources to respond to the demand of civil servants,” Yakani urged.