There are palpably fears that the private sector that had accepted to collaborate with the Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, to generate tones of money for the agency may back out from the deal.
Indication to this effect emerged following the withdrawal of 67 would-be private agents that indicated interest to purchase stamp duties. The would-be agents had made series of inquiries on the fate of the deal they had sealed with NIPOST.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday learnt that members of the various private sector outfits expressed reservation for the proposed business relationship following the sack of the former Acting Postmaster General, Enoch Adeyeye Ogun, who was the linchpin in the deal.
Ogun was allegedly removed following some misunderstanding with the minister of communication.
General Manager, Corporate Communications, Nigerian Postal Service, Mr. Taye O Olaniyi, confirmed that the deals were to fetch NIPOST a projected N11 billion.
Olaniyi said agents who had indicated interest in the sales of its stamp duties are agitated over what they described as disagreement in government policy.
“There have been fears from the private sectors that indicated interest in buying our stamp and selling it, especially when they want to make payment, they complain that they no longer have confidence in the whole process.
“The structure of postal service is such that calls for continuity due to policies guiding the post globally, personalities come and go but policies are there either to be implemented or reformed to achieve the mandate of organisations”.
Explaining further, he said the former Acting Postmaster General, inherited stamp duties which was established in 1939 and was revived in 2004, following a committee’s recommendation.
According to him, the stamp duty was meant to create impetus for revenue generation drive, stressing that several private sector organisations that bought into it are now agitated that inconsistent federal government and job insecurity of the drivers of these policies are negating the likely impact of good revenue generating programmes.
“A number of private initiative came introducing themselves as agents that will drive that project and may be buy our stamps for various organisations with certain percentage,” he said, adding that the initiative included sales of stamps even some supermarkets and other means of diversification of NIPOST’s economic base.