(JollofNews) – Gambia’s first daily newspaper which was shut down earlier this month over unpaid taxes has been cleared to reopen, local press sources revealed to the African Press Agency on Wednesday.

According to the sources, staff of the Daily Observer resumed work on Wednesday after reaching an agreement with The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) over tax arrears amounting to $377,777.

The Daily Observer offices were temporarily shut down earlier this month by the GRA whose officials cited the media company’s apparent lack of commitment to honour its tax obligations which date back several years.

It is not known what kind of deal the media company has reached with the GRA.

Following the closure the management of the Daily Observer newspaper resorted to negotiations with the GRA over the company’s tax payment default.

According to the anonymous source, the company was seeking an agreement to allow it to resume operations and pay the tax arrears by installments.

The company with at least 100 employees was initially told by GRA to at least pay 30 percent of the total money, in order to be allowed operation and the rest be paid subsequently.

The newspaper is widely known for its pro-government editorials under former President Yahya Jammeh, who was widely believed to have owned it.

Source: APA