About 7, 700 Nigerians have signed a petition on Change.Org demanding that the new charges imposed on courier and logistics companies by the Nigerian Postal Service be scrapped.
The petition which was started by Chiedu Chiadika around 8am on Saturday titled, ‘Say No To NIPOST Fee’, had risen to 7, 700 as of 12.30pm.
A summary of the petition reads, “NIPOST is implementing a senseless fee for grant of courier and logistic license which is poised to putting hardworking Nigerians out of business in an economy that is already in ruins.
“Our youth and small SMEs who are trying to survive in their legal businesses are by this rate going to shut down and which will in turn make many more people out of business. This rate will affect everyone from vendors, the owners of logistic companies, the riders and the customers. We cannot and we won’t accept such charges.
“Arbitrary fees from N250,000 to N20,000,000 have to be paid before you can run a logistic company in Nigeria.
“Neighbouring countries are granting waivers, tax rebates and more to businesses to assist them grow especially in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic but our government is hell bent on making the populace suffer more by bringing up stringent measures aimed at making business shutdown and make their cronies monopolise the economy and in turn get richer while the average Nigerian wallows in poverty.”
WE4WE REPORTS had earlier reported how the decision to introduce costs of licence for logistics and courier services sparked outrage from a section of Nigerians mainly online.
The new charges introduced by NIPOST are expected to cause an increase in the cost of courier services and delivery goods.
According to NIPOST, companies which provide international courier services like DHL, UPS and FEDEX, are expected to pay N20m for a new licence and N8m annually while those who offer national services are expected to pay N10m for licence and N4m yearly for renewal.
Logistics companies that operate within regions are expected to pay N5m for licence and N2m annually.
For firms that operate within states, the cost of procuring a licence is N2m while the renewal costs N800, 000.
Courier firms that operate within municipalities are to pay N1m for licence and N400,000 annually.
For Small and Medium Enterprises, the licence is N250,000 while the annual renewal of the licence is N100,000.
The SME category is for small courier firms which have not more than five delivery vehicles
The move, it was learnt, would increase the cost of goods purchased online.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Franklin Alao, said in a statement that the new regulations were not planned to frustrate ease of doing business rather they aimed to promote growth of MSMEs.
However, many online retailers took to social media to lament the new development even as they said the government had done nothing for small businesses.
On Saturday the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, ordered NIPOST to halt the implementation of the new charges.