Postmaster-General Sacked Over Stamp Duty Controversy


Acting Postmaster General of the Federation, and the Nigerian Postal Service, Mr. Enoch Ogun has been sacked by the Federal Government over the collection of the N50 stamp duty on behalf of the federal government.

PUNCH reports have it that the Ministry of Communications and the Nigerian Postal Services have been in disputes over the appointment of agents for the collection of stamp duties in several sectors of the economy.

On Tuesday, Mr. Ogun and his Deputy Postmaster General, Mr. Sonny Echeno were summoned to a meeting which was presided over by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications.

Ogun was told at the meeting, that the minister had approved his retirement and had directed him to hand over to the most senior officer in the organisation, Dr. Richard Balami.

Balami was Deputy Post Master General, Special Duties until his appointment, which has been announced via a circular.

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Last week, NIPOST interviewed about 30 new companies and individuals who had applied to serve as agents to NIPOST for the collection of stamp duties but the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, in a statement on Monday said NIPOST had not been authorized to appoint any new agent for the collection of stamp duties.

The minister, who is yet to return from a trip to South Korea and China, directed that the process be suspended until grey areas surrounding the agency’s claims had been sorted and a substantive Postmaster-General had been appointed.

He added that before this dispensation, a few corporate bodies and organisations were claiming to have an agreement with NIPOST in respect of the matter.

“It is therefore expedient to tread with caution and ensure that all issues bordering on the administration of the stamp duty by NIPOST are done in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to due process, transparency and accountability,” the minister said.

Before his sack, Ogun was due to retire from NIPOST by the end of December 2015, but was directed to remain in office until a substantive Postmaster General was appointed.

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