As the world celebrate World Post Day, the Nigerian Postal Services, NIPOST, says it is set to implement the Stamp Duty Act.
This was contained in an address delivered by the Area Postal Manager, Rivers Territory, Rev (Mrs) Danso, Olayinka Olushola, during a forum organised to mark the Day at the NIPOST Conference Hall, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, yesterday.
The World Post Day is an annual event marked on the 9th of October every year and this year’s theme is: “Serving a New Society: Delivering Beyond Your Doorstep.
Delivering the 2016 Message of the Director-General to Staff in the state, Rev Olushola stated that NIPOST has gone digital in order to remain relevant in the digital world.
She said: “The crux of our message this morning is basically to remind our customers as partners in progress on the existing laws of the Federation of Nigeria Vol 14 on stamp duties act 2014.
“The Stamp Duty Act is an act of government requiring every citizen to affix postage stamp to every document/receipt, etc. The post under its statutory duty has produced and made available adhesive postage stamp for members of the public to acquire and affix on cash receipt and documents of financial transaction valued at one thousand naira and above, as well as authenticating agreement. In Nigeria, this is done to enable members of the public meet the requirements of section 88(2) cap 5.8 of the stamp duty act, 2004.
Rev Olushola, who challenged staff to key into the DG’s vision for NIPOST, said, the message is a reminder that the future Post strongly depends on the ability of staff to innovate and create new products and services to ensure customer satisfaction.
According to her, apart from the conventional mail services such as post office boxes, private mail bags, postal agencies, etc, NIPOST has included newly innovative services such as; postal financial service, post cash, logistics service (cargo), registration of various examinations like WAEC, NECO, JAMB, online processing of post box and bags, payment of utilities like school fees, among others.
“Today, NIPOST is working in line with the global digital transformation to make life more easy and friendly at all times. Our services that could meet our current and future customer’s satisfaction. In short, as at today, our major post offices have been connected to the internet. Efforts are in top gear to similarly connect those in rural areas”, she stated.
The APM, who identified huge debt from customers as major challenge facing NIPOST, especially in Rivers State, called on customers to patronise NIPOST in the services currently provided by it, while adding that she will use sensitisation as key strategy to change the orientation of people in the state towards NIPOST.
Highpoint of the day was award given to Mrs Regina Aleme and those at the Investigation Unit in the Port Harcourt District, for proactive and vigilance in discharging their duty.

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