The federal Government has reacted positively to protests over an increase in license fees for courier and logistic services planned by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and on Saturday ordered the suspension of the increase.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, said via his verified Twitter profile: “Our attention has been drawn to an increase of licence fee, which was not part of the regulation I earlier APPROVED for you,”
Pantami continued: “Your Chair and PMG were YESTERDAY contacted to put the implementation on hold and send a report to our ministry by Monday. Best wishes!”
The Minister added that “any change of fee” must be approved by him before implementation.
A memo announcing the increase in license fees for courier and logistics services started to circulate on social media on Friday.
A number of Nigerians felt the move would cripple small businesses and further deplete economic activity amid a pandemic.
One Chiedu Chiadika started a petition on change.org and had garnered over 12,500 signatures as of Saturday evening.
According to the petition, “NIPOST are implementing a senseless fee for grant of Courier and Logistic License which is poised at putting hardworking Nigerians out of business in an economy that is already in ruins.”
Pantami responded on Saturday after several persons mentioned him on Twitter with respect to the burgeoning conversation around the fees.
The Minister had earlier approved new regulations for the courier and logistics industry but said on Saturday that an increase in license fees was not part of the package.