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FREETOWN CITY COUNCIL LAUNCHES SIERRA LEONE’S FIRST PHONE-BASED TAX COLLECTION SYSTEM

Pay Your Local Tax In Five Short Steps Using Africell Mobile Money

Freetown, 26th October 2018 — The Freetown City Council (FCC), in partnership with Africell (Sierra Leone), has developed a new and improved system for tax revenue collection, which will be launched on Friday 26th October, 2018 at the Council’s premises at Wallace Johnson Street. The system, the first of its kind in the country, will allow the municipality’s residents to pay their local taxes from their mobile phones, using Africell Money.

Residents of Freetown will be able pay their local taxes for 2018 in five easy steps which begins with dialling the Africell Money short code (*161#) and ends with receiving a confirmation text message.

This move to merge local tax collection and mobile money technology will make the process easier and more convenient for residents of Freetown. It is the Council’s vision that this new system will be widely adopted because it makes optimum use of resources, time, energy and money.

“We are excited to partner with Africell in developing this new and improved tax collection system for the first time. This will enable us improve our revenue generation to realize immediate benefits in transforming Freetown”, said Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown.

Our aim is always to provide the best mobile solutions and value for our subscribers and for Sierra Leone.  Our partnership with FCC serves to emphasize this, and confirms our position in the business of telecommunications. (Corporate Affairs Unit, Africell)

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