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ANCO Laments High Mortality Rate Among Courier Companies

Posted: Jun 16, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Okwuke  –  Lagos

The Association of Nigeria Courier Operators (ANCO), has decried the high mortality rate among courier companies in Nigeria. Thus causing the once vibrant sector of the economy to retrogress and decapitulate.

The President of the Association, Mr. Siyanbola Oladapo stated this recently in an interactive session with the media.

The ANCO President regretted that out of the Two Hundred and Ninety Three (293) Courier Companies registered with the Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), only Eighty (80)  can be said to be active or doing well.

He listed other challenges inhibiting the growth of the sector to include: lack of due regulation channel, inimical activities of Local Government employees on Nigerian roads, lack of understanding of the importance of courier operations, bad roads and failure of the Federal Government to understand the viability of the courier sector.

Mr. Oladapo noted that the demand for reforms in the postal sub-sector has been a recurring decimal in Nigeria’s policy formulation. “The department of Post and Telecommunication (P&T) was split during the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari in 1985.  From the split emerged the NITEL and NIPOST. Since the split, the telecommunications sector has undergone several reforms culminating in tremendous investment and success of the sector especially with the advent of the Global System for Mobile Telecommunications (GSM).

He continued: “It is remarkable that the boost in the sector would not have been possible without the role of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), a body created by the Federal Government to regulate the telecoms sector. It is therefore regrettable that NIPOST and indeed the entire postal sector have remained without noticeable reforms since the split from P&T. The lack of reform in NIPOST has affected negatively the entire postal sector including the private Courier Operators”.

The ANCO President maintained that the CRD, being a unit of NIPOST without the required independence as is the case with NCC does not have the necessary executive and regulatory powers to regulate, transform and protect the postal sector.

He noted that ANCO as a body of Courier Operators in Nigeria has been demanding for the creation of a Postal and Courier Service Commission since the second Courier Summit in 2004.

Mr. Oladapo wondered why it was taking such a long time to establish a regulatory body for the sector in Nigeria, when smaller countries like Ghana, Ivory Coast and Tanzania all have independent regulators in their countries.

The ANCO President attributed the sorry state of the sector to the “non-reform in NIPOST” which he said, “has negatively affected the Postal Sector including private courier companies. Instead of the Federal Government to create a neutral body to regulate the Postal Sector as it did for the telecoms, a department was carved out of NIPOST to regulate the private operators.

“Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) being a unit of NIPOST, not independent, so does not have the necessary Executive and Legislative powers to regulate, transform, and protect the Postal Sector,” he said.

Oladapo urged  President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the reform he started in the P&T 30 years ago and demanded for the creation of a Postal and Courier Regulatory Commission (PCRC).

Also, Secretary General ANCO, lamented the lukewarm attitude of those in Government to the plight of the sector adding that a Postal Commission Bill was sent to the 6th and 7th national Assembly for debate and passage through the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), but none scaled through.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government sponsored Executive Bill in that regards never materalised before the tenure of 7th NASS expired in June.

ANCO said that the imperative for the passage of the Bill falls in line with the Universal Postal Union (UPU’s) recent drives on global reform of the postal sector.

Oladapo said that UPU (of which Nigeria is a signatory), has urged member countries to adhere strictly to this directive.

On her part,  Vice President ANCO, Mrs Lara Okuneye, said that from the Political point of view, the newly inaugurated government should not ditch the achievements recorded by the outgoing government but rather push for the passage of the Bill.

According to her, this is an industry that Nigerians stand to  benefit through job creation, and contribution to the gross domestic products (GDP).

The immediate Past President of the Association, Mr. Toyin Olufade in his contribution, said the sector if well harnessed is capable of creating 200,000 jobs, thus boosting the nation’s economy.

Also, Toyin Adeojo, publicity secretary of ANCO, said that States and Local Governments share in the blame, as their agencies are all out to extort money from courier operators through multiple taxations and other obnoxious charges.

He called on the new governments to convoke stakeholders’ to discuss how to restore the courier sector to the path of growth and fruitfulness the country.