After nineteen (19) years, a new Courier Regulations, more in tune with the new order and way of doing business, was presented, and approved for the regulation of the courier industry. The last such review of the Regulations was in 2001.The new Regulations empowers NIPOST to regulate the courier and logistics industry, checkmate the activities of illegal and nefarious logistics and courier companies in the country. The new Regulations would sanitize the logistics ecosystem and put in check dubious activities of the criminal-minded operators.Recounting the achievements made so far in the last two years of his administration, The Nigeria Postmaster General and CEO Of Nigeria Postal Service, Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, hinted on this development during the occasion of his second anniversary appointment in Abuja on Tuesday. Dr Adewusi indicated that under his leadership of the past two years “NIPOST has identified with public private partnership (PPP) on the onboarding of other non-core business through partnership to achieve diversification rather than doing it alone with solo approach to doing business.He said “On another frontier, NIPOST signed an agreement with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to deliver certificates in Nigeria to private candidates for whom it was then no longer necessarily to travel long distances just to collect their certificates from the examination body.””The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has been providing financial services over five decades. However, with the advent of Information Technology (IT) and revolution in the financial service industry, the traditional instrument of remittances gave way to electronic means of payments. In achieving the financial inclusion strategy of the Federal Government of Nigeria to increase financial access points in Nigeria, NIPOST has continue to play a critical role through its vast spread of outlets across the country. In 2019, it secured the status of Super-Agent and International Money Transfer Operator (MTO) from the Central Bank of Nigeria. These licenses have enabled the organisation to go into collaboration with Fintech, FSP, NCS, IMTOs and Remita with a view to developing an agnostic platform, set for roll out in the first quarter of 2022.”
“The platform provides a template for a “one stop shop”, where customers can go and have services such as withdrawals, deposits, transfers, international remittances, bill payments, insurance services and other forms of financial services to serve different segments of the population.”
Dr Adewusi noted some of the giant strides by NIPOST adding that NIPOST serves as a gateway to inbound and outbound parcels Parker’s which incidentally some unscrupulous elements may want to use to perpetrate their nefarious activities and that NIPOST has collaborated with NDLEA to fight against illicit drugs use and trafficking in the country and also in partnership with EFCC towards interception of scam mails and prevention of other financial crimes through post.He said to regulate and checkmate the logistics and courier industry activities of illegal and nefarious logistics and courier companies a new courier regulations was established in tune of the new way and order of doing business in 2021 after 19 years, and also the passage signing of the finance amendment act 2020 by president Muhammadu Buhari affairming NIPOST stamp duty administration in Nigeria and also to reposition NIPOST for better service delivery a new bill on repeal and re-enactment was pass by the Senate and house of representative, awaiting assented by president Muhammadu Buhari.Furthermore the Dr analysed some international collaboration with foreign countries stating that in the last two years NIPOST has produce several stamps in collaboration with private partners notably, the Bangladesh high Commission, India high Commission, respectively in honour of their Nation’s founding fathers, the commemorative postage stamp and compendum launch of NIPOST stamps (1914-2014) by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, and also revenue stamps dedicated for denotation and authentication of transaction and fees, and also another frontier is the signing of agreement with west African examination council (WAEC) to deliver certificates in Nigeria to private candidates with long distance traveled.The Postmaster mentioned that NIPOST has been elected into the council of administration (CA) and postal operation councils (POC) world body member at the 27th session of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) convention in Abidjan cote d’voire, and NIPOST in 2019 secured a status of agent and international money transfer operation from CBN, this license enable NIPOST to go into collaboration with FINTECH, FSP, NCS, IMTOs, and Remits with a view of developing an agnostic platform which is set to roll out in First quarter 2022 and to become a one-stop-shop where customers can go and have several financial services delivery.He concluded by stating that the Achievements recorded within his short period of administration is a pointer to the fact that NIPOSt is on the right track for a paradigm shift.
“Giving the modest achievements we have recorded in the last two years of my administration; it is my candid belief that we are on the right track and determined to reposition NIPOST to an enviable height for effective service delivery to the citizenry. As we braced up to confront emerging challenges in the digital world, NIPOST is working assiduously to remain a veritable force, one to reckon with in the courier and logistics industry. We will be available to work in partnership with other related agencies, both government and private sector, to ensure we provide reliable and efficient services for the socioeconomic development of our country.”