NIPOST Clampdown On Illegal Courier Operators In Abuja To Sanitize Sector

Says licensing of a logistics company is easy

The Courier and Logistics Regulatory Department(CLRD) of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), has clampdown on illegal Logistics Operators in Federal Capital Territory(FCT) to sanitize the sector.

Speaking to Journalists during the exercise on Tuesday, the General Manager, CLRD, Mr Gideon Shonde, said the clampdown was meant to sanitize the courier industry from the menace of quacks and illegal logistics operators.

He disclosed that the process of getting a license to operate in Nigeria’s logistics sector is easy.

He explained that with a registered business name and token of N90,000 the ‘Solo Rider & SME category’ can be acquired.

According to him, “The essence of this exercise is to sanitize the industry, to get rid of the quacks because of the security risk and safety implication, most of them have not been licensed to operate, are not trained, are not equipped to do this logistics business, hence that makes them illegal operators.

“We have had cases of lost documents, and damaged items because most of them can’t be traced to an office, not registered. Some had been arrested for moving small arms and drugs. we’ve done a lot of awareness creation on social media and other platforms.

“You need to have a certified name by Corporate Affairs Commission on the strength of that you approach NIPOST for a grant of license. You will submit your evidence and information to show capacity. If you have two bikes you have to declare and register the asset. We will do our evaluation, verify your office and your license will be granted.

The enforcement was carried out by a combined task force of the team from CLRD, NIPOST Investigation and Security team, Police officers from the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department(FCIID) Lagos, Officers from FCT Command led by the Assistant General Manager in charge of Ethics, Complaint and Strategy at CLRD, Mr Worimegbe Banks.

Biobank Kitchen, Plot 1274 Area 11; CEO, Pizza Hut, Ladoke Akinkola Area 3; Heroes Logistics; Boyboy  Omoise; Dabo; Transporteam, Zudex Logistic services; Rah Logistics; Sunny Benz Logistics; CoolExpress were among the affected companies and NIPOST confiscated their motorcycles pending application for a license.

Recall that a similar exercise was conducted on September 16th last year to rid the sector of illegality.

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