FIRS allegation false, CBN opened the Stamp Duty account – NIPOST

Disregard NIPOST on stamp duty, FIRS implores Nigerians

FIRS – The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) on Sunday disclosed that its stamp duty account was opened by the Central Bank of Nigeria under the Treasury Single Account.

NIPOST made this known in response  to a publication by FIRS alleging that the postal service agency operated an illegal stamp duty account.

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the postal agency in a statement issued on Sunday by its General Manager, Corporate Communications, Frank Alao stated, “We hereby state categorically that the statement is false and made to misinform and mislead members of the public,”

In the statement, which was entitled, “NIPOST stamp duty account was opened by CBN,” the agency said the account in question was opened in consultation with the Office of Accountant-General of the Federation.

It noted that the name of the account was NIPOST Stamp Duties Collection Account, while adding that the CBN gave instructions to Deposit Money Banks to commence the deduction of N50 stamp duties from bank customers’ accounts at the time.

It stated, “The account belongs to the federation and NIPOST does not have access to whatsoever monies lodged into the account, as such the question of illegality and misappropriation does not arise,” the agency stated.

While adding that, “NIPOST wishes to reiterate that under the extant laws of Nigeria to wit NIPOST Act 2004 provides and vests solely in NIPOST the power to print adhesive postage stamps, which is the instrument for denoting documents and other transaction instruments in compliance with the provisions of the Stamp Duties Act.”

It argued that historically, the post in Nigeria, just like in the comity of nations, had at different times produced adhesive postage stamps and revenue stamps for the Federal Government.

The agency said it was to this end that NIPOST sought the proper implementation of the Finance Act.

It said, “NIPOST is therefore taken aback when FIRS took to Twitter to call out the Chairman, NIPOST Board, Maimuna Abubakar, who only tried to bring the attention of the service and public that NIPOST would be emasculated if the Act is not properly implemented.

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“This is more so when there was a meeting between FIRS and NIPOST in July 2013 in the office of the Executive Chairman of FIRS and resolution reached that ‘NIPOST is statutory duty-bound to provide the stamps to be used by FIRS at both federal and state levels.’”

The agency therefore urged the public to discard the statement made by the FIRS on the issue of the NIPOST stamp duty account.

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