By Etuka Sunday
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami Saturday 25th July , ordered the Nigerian Postal Services, NIPOST, to suspend the new tariff on registration of courier services in the country.
Reacting to complaints by Nigerians on the new hike, Dr Pantami, under whose purview the supervision of NIPOST falls, took to his Twitter handle to reiterate the position of the Federal Government on the increament.
He tweeted; Our attention has been drawn to an increase of licence fees, which was not part of the regulation I earlier approved for you.
The Minister’s spoke person, Uwa Suleiman in a statement said, the Chairman of NIPOST and the Post Master General were contacted yesterday to put the implementation on hold and send a report to our Ministry by Monday”.
He further clarified that “the power of regulation of NIPOST lies with the Minister, any change of fees must be approved by him. I know the economic challenges of NIPOST. However, looking at the economic hardship of our citizens, we need to suspend any move”.
This directive comes amidst ongoing efforts by the Minister to reposition the Postal Services sector for optimal efficiency, in line with global best practices and as enshrined in the Universal Postal Union (UPU)global resolution of September 2019.