Stamp accountability: NIPOST, FIRS in Twitter struggle

The Nigerian Postal Services and products (NIPOST) and the Federal Inland Earnings Carrier (FIRS) are locked in a Twitter struggle.

The alternate of phrases adopted a war of words over which company will have to put into effect the Stamp Responsibility Act.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and a few civil society organisations have hostile the coverage.

On Sunday, NIPOST Chairman, Maimuna Abubakar, said that the FIRS used to be usurping her company’s mandate.

It expressed fear over the ”takeover” of NIPOST’s mandate by means of FIRS.

Abubakar disclosed that she used to be having sleepless nights as a result of the subject.

“FIRS stole our mandate. FIRS are actually promoting stamps as an alternative of shopping for from us. What is going on? Are we anticipated to stay quiet and let FIRS kill and bury NIPOST? We wish to get our mandate again”, she tweeted.

The chairman insisted that NIPOST are the only custodians of nationwide stamps, noting that any other company printing and promoting stamps is unlawful of the land.

“FIRS didn’t most effective thieve our stamps but additionally our concepts, what NIPOST had labored for since 2016, our paperwork, patent and sneaked the entirety into the finance invoice and tactically got rid of the identify of NIPOST.”

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She wired that NIPOST is the one company charged with the duty of manufacturing adhesive stamps and that income from the acquisition accrues to the company.

“There’s nowhere in FIRS Act or Stamp Responsibility Act the place it’s so said that FIRS can produce stamp or promote stamp. Do you know that NIPOST had generated over N60b within the NIPOST CBN account for the Federal Executive?”, Abubakar quipped.

Replying on Tuesday, FIRS described the tweets as “vexed”.

Abdullahi Ahmad, Director of Communique, in a remark posted on Twitter, mentioned it used to be unlucky that Abubakar may just no longer differentiate between Stamp Responsibility and Postage Stamp.

Ahmad famous that, “Her indecorous tweet wouldn’t have deserved any reaction however for the delicate nature of the problem at stake, which if no longer sensibly handled and promptly corrected would most likely lie to the general public.”

He defined that NIPOST is a central authority parastatal established by means of Decree 41 of 1992 with the serve as to increase, advertise, and supply good enough and successfully co-ordinated postal products and services at affordable charges”.

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Noting that the serve as is opposite to the NIPOST declare, the spokesman to FIRS informed the general public that FIRS is the only company charged with the duty of assessing, amassing, and accounting for all tax sorts together with stamp tasks.

Ahmad mentioned it used to be stunning “that one of these privileged younger woman who came about to be appointed to a top administrative center would throw all warning to the air to forged aspersions on respected public establishments just like the Nationwide Meeting and FIRS, which she accused of stealing NIPOST thought.”

FIRS expressed choice not to most effective make certain that “all monies accumulated by means of NIPOST into its illegally operated Stamp Tasks Account are absolutely remitted into the Federation Account but additionally be sure that any kobo be accounted for.”

The remark vowed that any one discovered culpable of misappropriating the finances within the mentioned unlawful NIPOST Stamp Tasks Account can be made to stand the regulation.

FIRS reminded Nigerians that the company used to be resolute in its unravel to safeguard nationwide pursuits and no longer private ego or passion.

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