The ongoing dispute between Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) over the authority of the two in respect of stamp duty production may cost over 15,000 jobs. Meanwhile, the labour union in NIPOST, Senior Staff of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) issued a 21 day ultimatum to the Federal Government to address and resolve the crisis, or it would embark on indefinite strike.
The General Secretary of the union, Dr. Ayo Olorunfemi while speaking to the media yesterday, said the FIRS produced and launched its owned brand of adhesive stamp on 30th June 2020 against any known law which hijacks and takes over the function of NIPOST.
He said the union acknowledges the power FIRS has to collect stamp duties the same way NIPOST has the power to produce and issue stamps, and that these distinct functions must be recognized when implementing the Finance Act.
“Therefore it is illegal for FIRS to produce stamp to denote duties when it can be procured from NIPOST. It should be noted that stamp is a product of NIPOST as given to it by law. The Finance Act did not give any power to FIRS to produce stamp. In other word to utilize stamp for duties FIRS must get it from NIPOST,” he said.
He expressed that if the violation continues, it will ultimately make NIPOST collapse and the staff will have to lose their jobs since many Nigerians have stopped buying adhesive stamps from NIPOST.
He said, “In respect to job loss, we will not lose anything less than 15,000 workers and when you look at that, the multiplier effect on the economy and the saturation of unemployment market, you will know that it will be a catastrophe waiting to happen and we have said we will not allow that to happen.
“We are surprised that in spite of our appeal that the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) should not kill the NIPOST, all efforts are being made to throw the organization into oblivion.”