Courier operators in the country have been urged not to encourage the inclusion of prohibited items in courier packages.Â The President, Association of Nigerian Courier Operators (ANCO), Mr Toyin Olufade made the call in Lagos during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).Olufade said that any member of the association caught indulging in such acts would be made to face the consequences.
He said that the refusal of packages containing such items would enhance the integrity of the sector, as well as the security of the nation.The ANCO president added that the association had met with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over the prohibited items.The restricted items include currency notes, bank notes, coins, travellersâ€™â€™ cheques, international passports and othernegotiable securities. Others are: jewellery, narcotics, psychotropic substances, live animals, explosives, flammables, obscene and immoral articles.
Courier operators have also been warned not to transact business on documents, merchandise, parcels or items weighing below half a kilogram or above 50kg.The ANCO boss noted that such unethical practices may provide justification for the revocation, rejection or refusal to grant or renew the license of some of their members. Olufade also complained that the associationâ€™â€™s members faced the challenge of double taxation.He disclosed that ANCO officials had met with chairmen of local governments in Lagos State over the issue.Olufade added that the issue would be tackled at the national level as the problem also existed in other parts of the country.