Courier and logistics industry is the fulcrum that drives economic activities – ANCO President, Okey Uba
The Association of Nigeria Courier Operators (ANCO), has called on operators in the industry to remain calm as the leadership have opened channel of communications with the Government over the newly released regulatory guidelines by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).
Nigerians on social media lampooned the NIPOST over the newly released rates/fees for licensing and renewal of operations logistics companies in the country (SEE HERE).
This even led to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami’s intervention on Saturday 25th July, ordering NIPOST to suspend the new tariff on registration of courier services in the country.
Reacting to complaints by Nigerians on the new hike, Dr. Pantami, under whose purview the supervision of NIPOST falls, took to his Twitter handle to reiterate the position of the Federal Government on the increment. He tweeted;
“Our attention has been drawn to an increase iof licence fees, which was not part of the regulation I earlier approved for you. The Chairman of NIPOST and the Post Master General were contacted yesterday to put the implementation on hold and send a report to our Ministry by Monday”. He further clarified that “the power of regulation of NIPOST lies with the Minister, any change of fees must be approved by him. I know the economic challenges of NIPOST. However, looking at the economic hardship of our citizens, we need to suspend any move”.
“This directive comes amidst ongoing efforts by the Minister to reposition the Postal Services sector for optimal efficiency, in line with global best practices and as enshrined in the Universal Postal Union (UPU) global resolution of September 2019.
ANCO begins discussions with the government
In a press release on Monday as obtained by TechEconomy.ng, the President of ANCO, Mr. Okey Uba, expressed the Association’s regrets over the turn of events.
To this end, he said that ANCO under his leadership has opened discussions with the government at different levels to tackle challenges faced operators.
In his words, “The Courier Industry has come under news lately for the wrong reasons especially with the recent Regulatory Guidelines and increase in fees by NIPOST.
“This has generated a lot of furor coupled with activities of other federal, state and local government agencies.
“The Association of Nigeria Courier Operators, ANCO, which is the umbrella body of all registered indigenous Courier Companies in Nigeria had proactively written to the Lagos State Governor and other relevant agencies last week in view of activating and achieving ease of doing business in Lagos State.
“We have also set machinery in motion to replicate the dialogue with other states and federal government.
“We therefore ask all Courier and Logistics Companies including the general public to remain calm. We are dialoguing with the government and its agencies at various levels to entrench a better operating environment”.
Mr. Uba reiterated that their goal is to render a satisfactory service to the numerous clients and the general public while assisting the government to grow the economy and employment base.
He added that government at all levels should understand that courier and logistics industry is the fulcrum that drives economic activities and therefore should not churn out policies that cripples our operations.
“It’s always good to consult stakeholders especially practitioners so as to avoid such policy implementation imbroglio in future”, the ANCO President added.