The head of Ghanaian fishermen in the densely populated West Point Township excepts to recent assertions by the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Mrs. Emma Glassco, that Ghanaian fishermen in Montserrado County are not paying taxes to the Government of Liberia.
Director Glassco made the assertions during elections held for fishermen in Montserrado and Bomi counties recently at the Monrovia City Hall in Monrovia.In a brief interview with this paper, Great Emmanuel, head of fishermen in the township says he is not aware of any fisherman from the Ghanaian community, who is not paying tax to government.According to Mr. Emmanuel, Ghanaian fishermen are law-abiding people, who pay taxes for their canoes.
He says all canoes owned by Ghanaian fishermen in Monrovia are registered with the government and special identifications.Emmanuel continues that it is from this information that the Government of Liberia collects revenue from his kinsmen.
He adds that members of the Ghanaian community resident in Monrovia obtain work and residence permits, saying “We don’t encourage our people to disrespect the government because it is the same government that protests us when problems arise.”
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne