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Messaging operators ask for calm, seek dialogue

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By Victor Tunde Bear

With outrage at the recent NIPOST rate increase by the Nigerian Postal Service for courier and logistics companies, its umbrella body, the Association of Nigerian Courier Operators ANCO, has urged operators, including the general public , to remain calm while dialoguing with the government and their governments. agencies at various levels to secure a better operating environment.

In a statement from its president, Okey Uba FCLMI, he said yesterday that ANCO had proactively written to the Lagos state governor and other relevant agencies last week in order to activate and achieve the ease of doing business in Lagos state.

According to Uba, “we have also started machinery to replicate the dialogue with other states and the Federal Government.”

He argued that the goal of courier operators is to provide a satisfactory service to our numerous clients and the general public, while helping the government to grow the economy and the employment base.

Uba regretted that the courier service industry has made the news lately for the wrong reasons, not thanks to the current regulatory agency, the recent NIPOST directive.

“In addition to the fact that the world economy is struggling and companies are struggling to stay afloat, NIPOST unfortunately and without regret resorted to the absurd increase in rates for courier operations.

“This is even when the industry has been under the weight of inefficient regulation and the lack of effective coordination between NIPOST and other government agencies on one side, and between NIPOST and stakeholders, including ANCO on the other side.”

However, Uba praised Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for ordering NIPOST to suspend the new rate.

It will be recalled that NIPOST recently announced new rates for messaging and logistics operators, sparking anger among Nigerians. NIPOST increased the new license fees for municipal operators to N1 million, and the annual renewal fees to 40% of the new license fees to N400,000.00 per year.

State operators’ fees increased to N2 million, regional ones to N5 million, national ones to N10 million, while international operators must pay N20 million as license fees. All license renewal fees are tied to 40% of the license fees per zone.

Many operators regretted that neighboring countries grant exemptions, tax breaks and more to companies to help them grow, especially in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is determined to make the population suffer more by introducing strict measures aimed at make companies shut down and push the average Nigerian into greater economic misery.

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