The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has announced on Thursday that the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has retrieved the collection of stamp duty charges from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The development brought to an end more than three years of controversy and acrimony over the claims of ownership of stamp duty collections in the country between the two Federal Agencies.
Pantami who shared the news lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, and the leadership of the National Assembly, especially the Senate and House Committees on Communications and Digital Economy for their interventions on the matter.
While speaking at the launch of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamps held at the Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja, Pantami appreciated the management of NIPOST and other stakeholders for their resilience, saying it was heart-warming that critical stakeholders ensured that justice was done on the issue.
“Our efforts regarding the issue of stamp duty collection with other government Institutions have yielded positive results. NIPOST has been recognised as a government agency with statutory and historical authority to be the producer of stamps and recognised for collection of stamp duties for validation of financial transactions in the country.
“We appreciate Mr. President for listening to our complaints; and we extend our gratitude to him and the Senate and House Committees for their intervention in ensuring that justice was done,” Dr. Pantami said.
The Minister said challenges of regulation policy and financing confronting NIPOST over the years are being addressed with a view to place the Agency on a platform that would enable it generate revenue for the Federal Government.
He said NIPOST would be unbundled into three companies to boost its operations while efforts to ensure that Federal Executive Council approves the renovation and rehabilitation of all its dilapidated offices across Nigeria will not cease.
In her remark, the Chairman of NIPOST board, Hajiya Maimuna Abubakar said NIPOST by presentation of the anniversary stamps has again shown that it would continue to play its roles in advancing the rich culture and historical heritage of the country.
Hajiya Abubakar said: ” The Postal Industry from time immemorial has fostered the use of postage stamp as a veritable medium for nurturing of culture.
“Nigeria as a country is amply blessed with historical evidence of great works of arts, cultural monuments and features that help in the transmission of cultural heritage from one generation to another.
“Many of such have been reflected on Nigerian postal stamps, most especially in colonial and post-colonial Nigeria. A strong Nigeria must be a cultural Nigeria and NIPOST has a role to play in advancing this by marking events such as this one.”