BREAKING: Senate Restricts NIPOST To Postal Operations

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  • The Senate has restricted NIPOST to only postal operations in the country.

EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Senate, on Tuesday, passed the Nigerian Postal Service (Repeal and Reenactment) Bill, 2021, which effectively restricted the agency to only postal operations in the country.

The Bill also unbundled the agency by creating a commission to regulate its affairs.

The lingering controversy between NIPOST and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as to who is statutorily empowered to collect Stamp Duties on behalf of the Federal Government also appeared to have been laid to rest in favour of FIRS as there is no provision in the Bill as to who will collect the tax.

Section 2 subsection 1-3 of the Bill however effectively barred NIPOST from engaging in tax collection.

The section read,  “There is hereby established a body to be known as the Nigerian Postal Service (hereby designated as the Public Postal Operator) which (a) shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal…

“The Postal Operator shall be charged with the responsibility of providing Universal Postal Service in Nigeria.

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“In carrying out its Universal Postal Service Obligations, the provisions of any enactment, law or regulation relating to taxation of companies, agencies or trusts funds shall not apply to the Public Postal Operator save for its obligation as a collecting agent of Government.”

Also passed during the plenary was a Bill to enact the Medical and Dental Practitioners Bill to establish the Medical and Dental Professions in Nigeria.

According to TheNation, the passage of both bills followed the clause-by-clause consideration of two separate reports by the Senate Committees on Communications and Health.

BREAKING: Senate Restricts NIPOST To Postal Operations

The reports were considered after being presented by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) and Chairman Senate Committee on Health Yahaya Oloriegbe (Kwara Central) respectively.

Giving a highlight of the NIPOST Bill, Tinubu said sub-clause (1)(a) under clause 3 which deals with the Establishment and Membership of the Governing Board of the Public Postal Operator was amended to give the Governing Board power to formulate policies and adopt strategies for the overall development of the postal sector.

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