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Minister Orders NIPOST To Suspend Increase In Licence Charges



Minister Orders NIPOST To Suspend Increase In Licence Charges

Ali Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has ordered the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) to suspend the new tariff on the registration of courier services in the country.

According to a statement issued by the Minister’s spokesperson, Mrs By Uwa Suleiman on Saturday, the order was as a result of complaints received by the minister from Nigerians on the new hike.

Dr Pantami, under whose purview the supervision of NIPOST falls, took to his Twitter handle to reiterate the position of the Federal Government on the increament.

He tweeted;

Minister Orders NIPOST To Suspend Increase In Licence Charges

Our attention has been drawn to an increase in licence fees, which was not part of the regulation I earlier approved for you. The Chairman of NIPOST and the Post Master General were contacted yesterday to put the implementation on hold and send a report to our Ministry by Monday”. He further clarified that “ The power of regulation of NIPOST lies with the Minister, any change of fees must be approved by him. I know the economic challenges of NIPOST. However, looking at the economic hardship of our citizens, we need to suspend any move”.

This directive is in line with the ongoing efforts by the Minister to reposition the Postal Services sector for optimal efficiency, in line with global best practices and as enshrined in the Universal Postal Union (UPU)global resolution of September 2019.

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