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Couriers proposes clampdown on illegal firms

23 October 2013, 15:37

Abuja - Local courier operators have recommended the introduction of a special numbering system to enable government check the activities of illegal firms in the country.

Addressing journalists on the forthcoming summit for courier operators in the country, Secretary of the Planning Committee, Ranti Shobande, said that such gesture would augur well for the industry which has been “bastardized” by the presence of unregistered and unprofessional practitioners.

“The courier industry in Nigeria is more or less like a sheep without a shepherd following the unavailability of a full- fledge Regulator. Non-professionals have capitalized on the inability of the Government to legislate for an effectual Postal Regulatory Authority to cater for the well-being of the sector, to engage in all kinds of unhealthy practices, whereby the industry losses N20 billion annually,” Shobande, who is also the Managing Director of Bowill Errands Limited, said.

Shobande added, “The essence of the special number plate is to curb illegality, because firms like Law firms, banks, e-commerce and others will understand that courier business has procedures. We urge the Federal Government to designate such special number plates as interim measures while a Postal Commission comes onboard to re-organise and coordinate the industry in our country.”

The issue is among a number of initiatives that are set to be discussed during a summit the Ministry of Communication Technology, Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) and Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, in partnership with courier operators are organizing.

According to NIPOST, illegal courier firms are depriving the local economy of an estimated N20 billion (US$120 million) annually.

NIPOST’s Regulatory Department has in recent months shut down such illegal firms.

The country has more than 280 registered courier companies which employ about 3 000 people.

– CAJ News

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