The Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has called on the Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, to raise its fees without his permission.
Nigerians have taken Twitter to complain about the recent rise in licensing fees for courier companies.
According to the new regulation, international courier services like DHL, UPS and FEDEX, are expected to pay N20 m for a new licence and N8 m annually, and those offering local services are expected to pay N10 m for licence and N4 m yearly for renewal.
In addition, regionally-operated logistics companies are expected to pay N5 m for licenses and N2 m annually, and nationally-operated firms would be licensed for N2 m while the renewal costs would be N800,000.
Courier companies working within cities are expected to pay N1 m for the license and N400,000 annually.
Small and Medium Enterprises would be receiving a licence for N250,000 while the annual renewal of the licence is N100,000. The new charges introduced by NIPOST are expected to cause an increase in the cost of courier services and delivery of goods.
Responding to the Twitter uproar this morning, 25 July, by Pantami, who manages the postal service,
He said he was not aware of the increase and ordered the immediate suspension of the increase in fees.
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!
@NipostNgn, d 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
The increase, is under investigation by my office, since yesterday. The Ministry and the Minister were not involved. Many thanks and best wishes! ” he tweeted