Organised Labour Warns FIRS Takeover Of Stamp Duty Will Cost NIPOST Losing 15,000 Jobs

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Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), has raised ab alarm that Nigeria Postal Service, NIPOST, is at risk of losing no fewer than 15,000 workers into the unemployment market over the alleged recent takeover of its primary duty to produce and issue stamp by the Federal Inland Revenue Services, (FIRS).

While briefing newsmen, General Secretary of SSASCGOC, Ayo Olorunfemi, said: “The FIRS on June 30, against any known law, produced and launched its owned brand of an adhesive stamp, thereby hijacking and taking over the function of NIPOST”.

“It is illegal for FIRS to produce and issue stamps to denote duties when it can be procured from NIPOST. If this is allowed to go on, due to the usurpation of the main duty of NIPOST, it will lead to about 15,000 job loss”.

“As a union, we will not accept this as there is no known law that gave empowers FIRS to produce stamps. Everybody knows the situation in the country today”.

“To this end, we are calling on the Federal Government to facilitate an urgent meeting between NIPOST, FIRS, SSASCGOC and other stakeholders in order to arrive at an amicable resolution.

He therefore went on to issue a 21-day strike notice to the Federal Government to put things right or members would down tools and begin a nationwide strike.

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