FG Suspends NIPOST Courier Licence Fee Hike After Osinbajo’s Intervention

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 26 – The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami, has called on the Nigeria Postal Service, NIPOST, to suspend implementation of its new license fees for the courier service companies. This comes after the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo intervened in the matter and promised to take active steps on the controversial policy.

NIPOST had announced an increment in the fees charged for licensing national and international courier service companies to N10million and N20million respectively.

This announcement sparked criticism from Nigerians on social media with #SayNoToNipostFee trending on Saturday.

The media aide to the vice president, Laolu Akande tweeted on Saturday afternoon:

“We have just become aware of the recent increase in courier & logistics license fees by NIPOST, & the concerns generated. The Minister for Communications & Digital Economy is already taking active steps: those fees would be reviewed and this matter “ll be resolved in good time.”

Following the tweet from the VP’s office, Pantami, in a tweet on Saturday, ordered NIPOST to suspend the increment as it was not part of what he approved for the agency on Friday, July 24.

“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!”

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