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NIPOST Revokes 10 Courier Licenses, Shuts Down 4 Illegal Operators

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Okwuke  –  Lagos


The Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has revoked licences of 10 courier operators.

The ten companies that lost their licences include: Associated Bus Company (ABC); Arrowhead Courier Limited; Evergreen Worldwide; Imo Transport Company Limited; MDS Logistics Limited; MIGFO Express Courier Limited; Montesine Limited; NACFA Express Limited; Quadral Express Limited and Tide Express Link Limited, Imo Transport Company Limited and Kwara (State) Express.

Also Royal Ryders Express; Success Transport; Kwara Express, all located in Kwara State and Kasmag Express of Kasmag Transport located at Ijora Lagos State where shutdown for illegal operations.

With the latest development, the number of registered courier operators in Nigeria has reduced to 283, according to NIPOST.

According to NIPOST, renewal of license fee is once yearly and it costs N350, 000 to renew licences of indigenous local courier operators, N500, 000 for indigenous/international courier operators and N1.5 million for foreign international courier operators.

Obtaining licence for international courier business costs N10 million; same amount goes for Indigenous international. Domestic players obtain licences for N2 million.

Speaking to the media at NIPOST headquarters (annex) in Lagos, after the routine clamp down, Senior Assistant Post-Master General of NIPOST in charge of CRD, Dr. Simon Emeje, said that the ten courier operators’ licences were revoked after they have been severally notified to renew their licences.

According to him, NIPOST waited for four years before embarking on the exercise.

Emeje explained that customers who still do business after the revocation order, do so at their own risk, as the operators could be visited at any time by the CRD surveillance team, who will confiscate all items found in their offices, and proceed to prosecute the operators, if found operating behind sealed doors.

He said, “We are mandated to play a level playing ground for all operators which we have been pursing. The ten courier operators have been warned severally, in the last four years, to come and renew their license. We deem it unethical and unhealthy for the general public to continue to patronise them, because they have lost i touch with realities in the industry.

“For you to continue rendering courier services, you have to obtain a license, renew the license every year. That allows NIPOST to continue to monitor your operations and ensure you do not lose touch with the operational guidelines in the industry.

According to him, the Federal Government lost close to N6million in revenue in the last four years that the companies refused to renew their licenses.

Emeje said that CRD with its limited resources and facilities have continued to expand its surveillance to ensure that no operator whose license has been revoked continues to render services to the public.

On the other four operators whose offices where shutdown, Emeje said that CRD will ensure they remain shut until the owners regularise their operations by registering with NIPOST.