By Juliet Umeh
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said that the newly approved guidelines for courier and logistics will enhance the regulatory powers of the Nigerian Postal Services, NIPOST.
Pantami expressed optimism recently when he approved the 2020 regulations which replaced the 2001 regulations.
According to him, the new regulations will re-equip the logistic and courier ecosystem of the economy and significantly improve efficiency. He also said it will make courier and logistic operation more effective in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration policy on ease of doing business.
According to the minister, former regulations largely focused on the big players in the Courier industry with no clear cut role and guidelines for the SMEs, particularly the upstarts thereby creating laxity that caused proliferation of the industry.
The new regulations created six categories of licensing ranging from International operators, Regional State, Municipal or Intra-city, and giving consideration for special Small & Medium Enterprises, SME, Licence.
Also, NIPOST explained in the Regulations that the categorization is to enable the licensees to operate at their levels per time and scope, stating that the new regulations will assist SMEs to grow and create youth empowerment that will translate into employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The new guideline, it said, has made it possible for every operator irrespective of their category to be identified with specific address and location that is traceable to before and after engaging their service. This is expected to eliminate the risk posed by dubious operators who may take advantage of poor control to operate illegally.
The categorization, the agency said, creates room for migration as a licensee has rights to migrate from a particular licence category to another, but must do so in compliance with Section3(4) of these regulations as pertain to the desired licence category before expiry date of the subsisting licence.
To maintain diligence, trustworthiness, the Regulations maintain among others things that an operator will be required to display in their offices list of prohibited and restricted courier and logistic items, to guide their customers.