The territorial office of the Nigerian postal service (NIPOST) in Kebbi state,has appealed to the government to settle the backlog of N19.5 million owed it by the agencies in the state.
The Area Manager of NIPOST,Mr Suwan Zaki, made the appeal in Birnin Kebbi on Monday while briefing newsmen as part of the activities to mark the World Post Day celebration.
He said most of the government agencies had failed to settle the money being owed for the postal services rendered to them in the last seven years.
According to him, several reminders have been sent to the government on the issue but that no positive response to enable the agency to discharge its statutory obligations.
Zaki also called on government agencies to observe use of adhesive postage stamp of N50 as stamp duty in all transactions exceeding N 1,000,stressing that it is a statutory requirement.
He emphasised that any receipt that was not denoted with a postage stamp remains illegal, saying “ we would soon commence enforcement of this law”.
The NIPOST manager said stamp duty was another way of generating revenue for Federal Government,”adding that “we shall explore every avenue to ensure compliance with the policy”.
In her remarks,the Senior Manager, Operations, Mrs Ruth Kaka, advised parents and guardians to inculcate in their wards the habit of writing letters.
According to her, wrong spelling of words is gradually creeping into formal writing owing to the advent of the internet where language of chatting is done informally.
She cited “ Tnx” for “Thanks” and Gud for “Good” and “Lol” for“ laugh”, saying such use of expressions is killing creativity in literature and proper use of English being the official language of instruction in schools.
Part of the highlights of the event was the presentation of certificates of commendation to 10 NIPOST consistent and loyal customers