Twitter was abuzz on Monday following the tweet of Maimuna Abubakar, Chairman of the Board Members NIPOST
who claimed she has been having sleepless nights because FIRS stole NIPOST’s mandate for collection of Postal Stamp Duties. Of course, Nigerians had a lot to say in response to this as many pointed out that NIPOST had failed in carrying out their duty to serve Nigerians.
The FIRS in response to the allegation of a stolen mandate this morning made a statement though their Communications person.
“The attention of FIRS has been drawn to the infantile ranting of one Mrs Maimuna Abubakar who it learnt is the Chairperson of the Board of NIPOST. Her bunkum wouldn’t have deserved any response but for the sensitive nature of the issue at stake, which if not sensibly treated would likely mislead the public.
Surely, NIPOST is a government parastatal established by decree 41 of 1992 with the function to: develop, promote, and provide adequate and efficiently coordinated 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, FIRS is the sole agency of government charged with the responsibility of assessing, collecting, and accounting for all tax types including Stamp Duties.
It is therefore shocking to us at the FIRS that such a vainglorious young lady who happened to be appointed to a sensitive position would throw all caution to the air to cast aspersions on reputable institutions like the National Assembly and the FIRS, which she accused of stealing NIPOST idea. This, to say the least, is a disservice to the government and people of Nigeria.
We wish to state categorically that, as an agency that operates within the armbit of the law, FIRS is determined to not only ensure that all monies collected by NIPOST into its illegally operated Stamp Duties Account are fully remitted into the Federation Account but also make sure that any N1 not accounted for in that account is legally recovered. And that anyone found culpable of misappropriatiing the funds in that account would be prosecuted.
The public is hereby reminded that we, at the FIRS, are resolute in our operations towards safeguarding the national interest not personal ego, and or interest, as the NIPOST officials have carried on lately. We therefore call on right thinking Nigerians to disregard the infantile rantings of a misguided lickspittle”.