The Freetown City Council in partnership with Orange Sierra Leone has today, 7th November, 2018 launched the Local Tax payment system using Orange Money in an event held at the Orange Shop on Rawdon Street.
The system will allow Freetown’s residents to pay their local tax of Le5,000 using Orange Money with short and simple steps which begin with dialling the Orange Money short code (#144#) and ends with receiving a confirmation text message. Freetown’s residents can now fulfill their statutory obligation to pay local tax using their mobile phones or an Orange mobile money agent.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr thanked Orange for the initiative and reminded the audience of the same gesture delivered by Africell last week which has completed the cycle. With the two mobile companies now providing technology to pay local tax, the Mayor added that everyone with a smart mobile phone can now pay their taxes and encouraged them to also pay for families and friends. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr ended by saying, “We need to raise revenue to enable FCC to provide you with the services you need.”
Whilst making a statement, the Acting CEO of Orange Money (SL), Madeleine Sahr-Marah stated that the launch of the Local Tax Payment via Orange Money platform was part of the journey that Orange has begun with FCC and it will not be the end. She said Orange was committed to supporting the Mayor’s vision to Transform the Freetown Municipality through one revenue mobilisation, a key priority sector for the FCC.