Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mallam Ali Pantami, yesterday, insisted that it is the duty of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to collect Stamp Duty for the Federal government instead of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), saying it is selfish and an injustice trying to deny NIPOST of collecting the duty

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, said the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax deductions on voice calls and text messages fell under the purview of Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Pantami made the clarification in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

The statement noted that the ministry was not mandated to handle the issue.

The Minister explained that the ministry was inundated with complaints and enquiries concerning the recent 7.5 per cent VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages by some Mobile Network Operators.

Pantami said: “We also wish to notify the general public that contrary to opinion in some quarters, I had no prior consultation or awareness about this development.”

He further advised that all enquiries and clarifications should henceforth be directed to FIRS, being the proper institution on VAT matters.

Pantami, however, assured that the interests of Nigerians would be protected in that aspect.

He said: We appreciate the support and efforts of well-meaning Nigerians who have sought clarifications in a civil manner.”

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