The Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government-owned Companies has called on the Federal government to ensure that the duties of the Nigerian Postal Authority are not taken over by the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
The call is in reaction to the alleged duty stamps being produced and launched by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
DigitalTimesNG understands that part of the functions of the Nigerian Postal service is to print and provide postage stamps for payment of postage tariff and payment of stamp duties.
NIPOST is also tasked with providing and operating facilities for collection, dispatch and distribution of inland and overseas mail at reasonable costs, duties allegedly being taken over by another statutory Corporation.
The senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government-owned Companies has decided to draw attention to this infringement on the duties of NIPOST by the Federal Inland Revenue Services.
FIRS on 30th June 2020 allegedly produced and launched its own brand of adhesive stamps, a development the association says, are not part of its functions.
The association called on the government to urgently facilitate a meeting between NIPOST and the FIRS in order to arrive at an amicable resolution.
It threatened to direct all its members in NIPOST to withdraw their service, should the government fail to do this within twenty-one days.
Recall that the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalization of Federal government Parastatals had in 2013 recommended that NIPOST be fully commercialized and that its regulatory functions be transferred to proposed Communications Regulatory Authority of Nigeria.
The Federal Government accepted the recommendations but directed that its commercialisation should be partial.