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NIACA, ANCO calls for establishment of independent regulatory body

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Nigerian International Air Courier Association (NIACA) and Association of Nigeria Courier Operators (ANCO) have called for the speedy passage of the Act establishing the Nigeria Postal Commission (NPC) as it seeks to regulate tariff rate in the industry.

Both associations made the call during a press conference to update the media on developments relating to the bill for an Act to provide for the operation and development of postal services and the establishment of the NPC and other related matters in the industry.

In a press statement co- signed by Dipo Akinyele, NIACA Chairman and Toyin Olufade, ANCO President argued that the services rendered by courier companies differs from that of postal operators.

Reason advanced by both associations was that fixing and or regulating charges for services provided by them, by government will stiff growth and discourage investors from coming into the industry.

The association also kicked against price charged courier services which is five times higher than 500 grammes postal item, this they declared as unfair to the public.

The association thanked the National Assembly and the Chairman/ members of the House Committee on Communications for the public hearing on the Independent Regulatory body ; NPC.
Among other request include the;

Licensing regime: The body said operating under the NIPOST ACT should not be required to apply for new licenses, stressing that this portends commercial risk to existing license holders, but recommended that where a license is  valid, legal and still subsisting , it should be preserved until the expiration of the licence and should be eligible for renewal.

The association also pointed out that whilst the bill seeking passage recognises the benefit of multiple courier express operators, thee is no provision for the existence of multiple postal operators.

UPS fund: The association argued that under sections 82 (2) b, the NPC shall establish a fund referred to as the Universal Postal Services (UPS) Fund.

Thew sources of the UPS Fund, the associations said; include contributions made by licensee based on the annual turnover paid by licensees to be determined by NPC.

The bodies argued that they are not opposed to the establishment of the UPS Fund, but observed that contributory request made on the licensees will further increase the financial burden of licensees and make the operating terrain more difficult for existing operators and new entrants, the associations complained.


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