- The federal government has rejected the proposed increment of license fee for courier services
- Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy called out the leadership of NIPOST, for increasing the fees without his approval
- Pantami while insisting the increase was not part of the regulation he approved, ordered the implementation to be put on hold
Following the public outrage over the proposed increment of license fee for courier services by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), the federal government has rejected the increase.
This was disclosed by Isa Pantami, the minister of communication and digital economy, on Saturday, July 25.
The minister in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle called out the leadership of NIPOST for increasing the license fees without his approval, adding that it was not part of the regulation he approved for the agency.
Pantami who also said he wasn't aware of the increase ordered that the increment is put on hold immediately and send a report to the ministry of communications and digital economy.
“Pls @NipostNgn, our attention has been drawn to an increase of licence fee, which was not part of the regulation I earlier APPROVED for you. Your Chair and PMG were YESTERDAY contacted to put the implementation on hold and send a report to our ministry by Monday. Best wishes!
The power of regulation of NIPOST lies with the Minister. Any change of fee must be specific & be approved by him before implementation. I know the economic challenges of NIPOST. However, looking at the economic hardship of our citizens, we need to suspend any move." he said.
NIPOST had earlier announced an increase in the licensing fees and renewals for courier companies which sparked outrage from Nigerians.
Many people took to Twitter, lamenting how the new charges are expected to cause an increase in the cost of courier services and delivery goods.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government ordered the termination of cash payments at NIPOST offices across the country.
The directive was contained in a statement sent to journalists by Uwa Sulelman, spokesperson to the minister of communications and digital economy.
According to the statement, the minister’s order was as a result of discovery that “some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the NIPOST, to engage in corrupt practices.”
The statement noted that the directive is in line with the anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Post Master General, is to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately."
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