NIPOST, right­ful agency to col­lect stamp duty, in­sists PMG

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja

The Nige­rian Postal Ser­vice has dis­agreed with Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Zainab Ahmed, over the cur­rent bal­ance of an ac­count set up for the col­lec­tion of N50 elec­tronic stamp duty.

Ahmed had last week, re­port­edly dis­closed that the bal­ance of the ac­count was N43bn.

how­ever, ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Abuja on Tues­day, the Post Mas­ter Gen­eral, Bisi Adeg­buyi, said the bal­ance was N45.8bn.

he in­sisted that the postal agency was the right­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion to col­lect stamp duty.

The labour union in NIPOST had ac­cused Ahmed of plan­ning to ‘kill’ the agency by trans­fer­ring the col­lec­tion of stamp duty from NIPOST to the Fed­eral In­land Rev­enue Ser­vice.

Adeg­buyi ob­served that the fi­nance min­is­ter might not have the ex­act in­for­ma­tion be­cause NIPOST was ac­tu­ally in charge of the said ac­count.

“The Post Mas­ter Gen­eral will want to tell you to­day that what is in that ac­count as at Fri­day 13th of De­cem­ber is N45.8bn not N43bn as ear­lier men­tioned be­cause the ac­count was cre­ated in the name of NIPOST to col­lect the N50 charges which are dif­fer­ent from what the FIRS is col­lect­ing, and dif­fer­ent from what the state board of in­ter­nal rev­enue ser­vices are col­lect­ing.”

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