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Stamp Duty: ‘FIRS Stole Our Mandate, Has No Right To Sell Or Produce Stamps’ – NIPOST Board Chairman Cries Out

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Maimuna Abubakar, board chairman of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST)
Maimuna Abubakar, board chairman of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST).

Maimuna Abubakar, board chairman of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST), has accused the Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS) of stealing the agency’s mandate.

This further heightens the contention that has been between the FIRS and NIPOST over which agency is the rightful custodian of stamp duty following the implementation of the Stamp Duty Act.

The FIRS, in a recently released circular, said it now has a portal for automated stamp duty collection where all stamp duty paying citizens, government agencies, institutions, and private organisations are to log into and pay stamp duties — a claim NIPOST opposed.

NIPOST insists that it is empowered to print, mint, produce, retail, and provide adhesive postage stamps and not FIRS.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Abubakar expressed worry over the “take over” of NIPOST’s mandate by FIRS.

The board chairman asked the public to intervene in the contention between both agencies.

Her tweet reads;

I am worried for NIPOST, having sleepless night because of NIPOST, we need the general public to come to our aid, FIRS stole our mandate.

She added;

FIRS are now selling stamps instead of buying from us. What is happening, are we expected to keep quite and let FIRS kill and bury NIPOST? We need to get our mandate back.

According to her, NIPOST are the sole custodians of national stamps, therefore another agency printing and selling stamps is against the law of the land.

Abubakar alleged that FIRS did not only steal stamp duty but ideas that NIPOST has worked on since 2016.

She reiterated that NIPOST is the only agency charged with the responsibility of producing adhesive stamps and revenue for the purchase of such stamp.

The board chairman noted that there is no mandate in FIRS act that allows the agency to produce or sell stamps.

She revealed;

NIPOST said it has taken action to address the legal contradictions with the FIRS.

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