The Fierce War between NIPOST and FIRS

A fierce battle between the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has been going on on social media for some days now.

The African Media Team has been well aware of this controversy and is here to give you full details.

The FIRS earlier  announced that they now have a portal for automated stamp duty collection where all stamp duty paying citizens, government agencies, institutions, and private organisations should log into and pay stamp duties

The Board Chairman of NIPOST, Mrs Maimuna Abubakar, accused the FIRS of trying to take over the stamp duty responsibilities of the agency. According to her, FIRS is now selling stamps instead of buying from NIPOST.

She called on Nigerian citizens to fight for her, saying that the action of the FIRS is injustice.

She said:

“NIPOST are the sole custodians of national stamps, another agency printing and selling stamps is against the law of the land” Abubakar said in a tweet on Sunday. ”FIRS did not only steal our stamps but also our ideas, what NIPOST had worked for since 2016, our documents, patent and sneaked everything into finance bill and tactically removed the name of NIPOST.”

”NIPOST is the only agency charged with the responsibility of producing adhesive stamps and revenue for the purchase of such stamps are accrued to NIPOST.”

The FIRS, on Tuesday, responded to the allegations, stating that the collection of stamps duty by NIPOST is unconstitutional.

FIRS spokesman Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad in a tweet said that:

”To be sure, NIPOST is a government parastatal established by decree 41 of 1992 with the function to develop, promote and provide adequate and efficiently co-ordinate postal services at a reasonable rate.”

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