Union Storms NASS, Protest Removal Of E-Stamp Duty Collection From NIPOST
By Akinbola Abayomi
Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Company (SSASCOC) on Thursday stormed the national assembly, Abuja to protest the move to remove Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) from the collection of electronic stamp duty.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the association's general secretary, Ayo Olorunfemi said it is clear that the Federal Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) wants to take over the responsibilities of NIPOST.
"The house of representatives has signed their bill allocating our responsibility changing that clause and giving it to Federal Inland Revenue service. We are telling the national assembly to rethink and revert to what we sent to them as a proposal. Manual production of stamping but will concentrate more on the electronic production of stamp.
"Once they take this away there will be job loss because there will be nothing else for Nipost to be doing.
Olorunfemi warned that the move would lead to massive loss of jobs with 9000 NIPOST staff expected to be affected and loss of revenue, among others.
He, however, called on the Nigeria Port Authority(NPA) not to rest, stressing the if the move succeeded in NIPOST, NPA would be the next.
Speaking further, the general secretary warned that if their request is not heard, they will shut down NPA.
“We will go back and restrategize and this time around we will not allow this thing to go there but if they don’t answer us we will shut down the port. We have never shut down the port before but if they do this we are ready to go to any length.