Lagos State government and the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) have agreed on the creation of local courier operators to enable the sending of mails within the state.
This was not captured in the previous categorisation of the agency on its operations mode.
The agreement was reached after objections were raised to the operational modalities set by NIPOST as well as registration and annual license renewal fee pegged by the agency. The fee was deemed too high for start-ups courier services in the state.
According to the Guild, the two categories of operation earlier set by NIPOST was International, which caters for courier operators that send parcels from the country to other countries and National, the category for operators that have customers scattered across the country.
NIPOST had previously pegged the prices for issuance of licence and registration at N10 million for international courier operators and N1.5 for the renewal of their licence.
For those in the national category, it was pegged at N2 million as registration and pegged annual renewal fee at N300, 000, considering the class of their operations.
These two categories, however, do not capture the small mail distribution and dispatch services operators. And these have limited their activities to a single state and were said not to have the financial strength to obtain NIPOST license and renew their registration annually, as this will help them to reach other states.
The operators had sought the agency’s approval to have a new category of postal services but were rebuffed by NIPOST, a move which necessitated meeting the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu.
Sanwo-Olu was said to have instructed the Ministry of Transportation and other relevant agencies to engage the NIPOST officials and engage them on the way to help this group of people.
The Lagos state government and NIPOST, in compliance with physical distancing order of President Muhammadu Buhari, held a virtual meeting during the week where both parties agreed that a thud category should be created to accommodate as many people who are willing to start operations on that basis.
A new licence fee was also said to be discussed with nothing concrete reached yet.