The Nigerian Postal Providers (NIPOST) and the Federal Inland Income Service (FIRS) are locked in a Twitter struggle.
The alternate of phrases adopted a disagreement over which company ought to implement the Stamp Responsibility Act.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and a few civil society organisations have opposed the coverage.
On Sunday, NIPOST Chairman, Maimuna Abubakar, said that the FIRS was usurping her company’s mandate.
It expressed fear over the ”takeover” of NIPOST’s mandate by FIRS.
Abubakar disclosed that she was having sleepless nights due to the matter.
“FIRS stole our mandate. FIRS at the moment are promoting stamps as a substitute of shopping for from us. What is occurring? Are we anticipated to maintain quiet and let FIRS kill and bury NIPOST? We have to get our mandate again”, she tweeted.
The chairman insisted that NIPOST are the only custodians of nationwide stamps, noting that one other company printing and promoting stamps is in opposition to the legislation of the land.
“FIRS didn’t solely steal our stamps but additionally our concepts, what NIPOST had labored for since 2016, our paperwork, patent and sneaked all the pieces into the finance invoice and tactically eliminated the title of NIPOST.”
She burdened that NIPOST is the one company charged with the accountability of manufacturing adhesive stamps and that income from the acquisition accrues to the company.
“There may be 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 Authorities?”, Abubakar quipped.
Replying on Tuesday, FIRS described the tweets as “vexed”.
Abdullahi Ahmad, Director of Communication, in a press release posted on Twitter, stated it was unlucky that Abubakar couldn’t differentiate between Stamp Responsibility and Postage Stamp.
Ahmad famous that, “Her indecorous tweet wouldn’t have deserved any response however for the delicate nature of the difficulty at stake, which if not sensibly handled and promptly corrected would probably mislead the general public.”
He defined that NIPOST is a authorities parastatal established by Decree 41 of 1992 with the operate to develop, promote, and supply ample and effectively co-ordinated postal providers at affordable charges”.
Noting that the operate is opposite to the NIPOST declare, the spokesman to FIRS informed the general public that FIRS is the only company charged with the accountability of assessing, accumulating, and accounting for all tax sorts together with stamp duties.
Ahmad stated it was stunning “that such a privileged younger woman who occurred to be appointed to a excessive workplace would throw all warning to the air to solid aspersions on respected public establishments just like the Nationwide Meeting and FIRS, which she accused of stealing NIPOST concept.”
FIRS expressed willpower to not solely be certain that “all monies collected by NIPOST into its illegally operated Stamp Duties Account are totally remitted into the Federation Account but additionally make it possible for any kobo be accounted for.”
The assertion vowed that anybody discovered culpable of misappropriating the funds within the stated unlawful NIPOST Stamp Duties Account could be made to face the legislation.
FIRS reminded Nigerians that the company was firm in its resolve to safeguard nationwide pursuits and never private ego or curiosity.