Association seeks input into Postal Commission Bill before passage
THE Association of Nigeria Courier Operators, ANCO, has called on the National Assembly to make the Postal Commission bill public to enable stakeholders and operators make contributions before passage.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, the President of ANCO, Siyanbola Oladapo, said feelers the association is getting from the Red Chamber suggest that there are several versions of the Bill; different from the eight-year old copy it obtained from the Sixth Assembly.
According to the ANCO boss, making the content of the bill public, may be in form of another public hearing, would enable us know the full content of the Postal Commission bill. The trajectory of the bill: from the Sixth Assembly to the Seventh and the present Eighth has given rise to speculations that there are at least three versions of our original eight-year-old copy. Therefore, we plead with the Senate to heed our plea that it makes the bill before it, that is being debated public, enable stakeholders and operators have a glimpse of the content and if need be allow us to ask questions and make last minute contributions before its final passage.
Oladapo explained, “Even NIPOST, the regulator of the courier industry said last week, when we visited Abuja, it is unaware of the content. When the new National Assembly came into office, we tried to reach out to them, but it was impossible to make our views known to them, apparently due to its leadership challenges and the need to screen ministers and other immediate engagements.”
“Given the situation where NIPOST, a government agency and our regulator saying that it is unaware of the content of the Postal Commission Bill, then ANCO has to speak out about the need for the Senate to make the content known. Can you imagine that a clause in the Bill can put many courier firms out of business? An African proverb says you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence,” Oladapo said.
The ANCO boss also called on the new government: the executive and the legislature to encourage the courier industry, by ensuring a favourable business environment to make courier sector thrive and survive.
He said that the Republic of Benin has Courier Commission, Ghana has and Nigeria does not have, whereas Nigeria benchmarks things with Ghana. For instance, Nigeria jerked up renewal fee from N250, 000 to N1 million and the association had to challenge it before it was brought back to N500, 000. It was N3 million to register a new company and ANCO was able to get NIPOST to reduce it to N2 million.
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