There seems to be no end to the ongoing war between the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) over the right for stamp duties collection.
The fight took a shameful dimension yesterday when the Chairperson of board of NIPOST, Mrs Maimuna Abubakar took to her Twitter handle to demand that FIRS leaves the collection stamp duties for them.
Mrs Abubakar tweeted thus: “I like to make this clear, NIPOST is the only agency charged with the responsibility of producing adhesive stamps and revenue for the for the purchase of such stamp accrues to NIPOST #justicefornipost”
The tweet from Mrs Abubakar today attracted the ire of FIRS which took to their official Twitter handle to chide Mrs Abubakar for not knowing the difference between stamp duty and postal stamp.
In FIRS words:
“We appreciate the general public for demonstrating deep knowledge of the difference between Stamp Duty and Postage Stamp. It is unfortunate that Mrs. Maimuna Abubakar, Chairperson of the NIPOST Board is yet to understand this.”
“Our attention was drawn to the tweet by Mrs. Abubakar. Her indecorous tweet would not have deserved any response but for the sensitive nature of the issue at stake, which if not sensibly treated and promptly corrected would likely mislead the public.”
“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-ordinated postal services at reasonable rates* .”
“This function is clearly contrary to the claim by NIPOST over the administration of stamp duties in Nigeria.
On the other hand, the FIRS is the sole agency of got charged with the responsibility of *assessing, collecting, and accounting for all tax types including Stamp Duties*”
FIRS says it is shocking to them that such a privileged young lady who happened to be appointed to high office would throw all caution to the air to cast aspersions on reputable public institutions like the National Assembly and FIRS, which she accused of stealing NIPOST idea.
Many Nigerians have berated both NIPOST and FIRS for what they see as a shameful naked fight in the market square.
A popular Social media influencer and a UK based lecturer, Dr Dipo Awojide in his response to the feud said, “Her tweets were embarrassing. This thread is stupid. NIPOST and FIRS are agencies/establishments of the Federal Goverment of Nigeria 🇳🇬. Few weeks ago it was a Minister vs a top Adviser to Buhari. You should be ashamed of yourselves.