The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) says that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, has approved its new guidelines for Courier and Logistics Operations in line with Section 62 of NIPOST Act.
This agency who disclosed this through a press statement signed by its Spokesperson, Mr Franklin Alao, explained that the new guideline will replace the former Regulations which has been in existence since 2001. NIPOST said that the Minister stated in a letter of approval that the new Regulations will no doubt enhance the regulatory powers of NIPOST in this subsector of the economy.
“Erstwhile regulations largely focused on the big players in the Courier industry with no clear cut role and guidelines for the SMEs, particularly the upstarts thereby creating laxity that caused proliferation of the industry. This was put into perspective as the new regulations that created six category of licensing ranging from International operators, Regional State, Municipal or Intra-city, and giving consideration for special Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) Licence.”
NIPOST explained in the Regulations that the categorization is to enable the licensees to operate at their levels per time and scope, stating that the new regulations will assist SMEs to grow and create youth empowerment that will translate into employment opportunities for Nigerians.
“The categorization creates room for migration as a licensee has rights to migrate from a particular licence category to another, but must do so in compliance with Section3(4) of these regulations as pertain to the desired licence category before expiry date of the subsisting licence.
“To maintain diligence, trustworthiness, the Regulations maintain among others things that an operator will be required to display in their offices list of prohibited and restricted courier and logistic items, to guide their customers,” NIPOST stated.
– The Sun