Nigeria’s police force is set to prosecute over 500 illegal delivery companies and logistics operators for not having licenses. This was disclosed by the General Manager of the Courier and Logistics Regulatory Department of NIPOST, Mr Dotun Shonde.
Speaking during the clampdown on illegal delivery companies and logistics operators in Ilorin Kwara State, Mr Dotun said the arraignment will be the consequence of not obtaining operating licenses from the Courier & Logistics Regulatory Department(CLRD).
Consequently, he stated that over 200 operators performing courier services in various parts of the state without licenses have been apprehended, while the motorbikes used in devising their operations have been confiscated by the appropriate authority.
The General Manager confirmed that visitations are being carried out to different states by the Nigerian Postal Service in order to enforce the duties of the regulatory body. States like Rivers, Edo, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos, FCT, Katsina, Niger, Ekiti, and Kwara States have been visited, Mr. Dotun confirmed.
Furthermore, he said not only did the operators not obtain licenses from the appropriate body, but also had been involved in criminal activities such as kidnapping, and theft among other indecent activities carried out.
He, therefore, admonished delivery companies and logistics operators to register and obtain operating licenses from the Federal Government, which are in four categories namely: state or special SMEs, regional, national, and international.
Procedure for registration for delivery companies with NIPOST
NIPOST, The Nigerian Postal Administration, is a government-owned organization. The administration is in charge of providing postal services in Nigeria, with over 12,000 people employed to operate over 3,000 post offices. NIPOST is also in charge of collection, and dispatch of inland and overseas mail.
To have access to the online Courier Application form, an operator must have paid the application fee on remit from the official website. They should also submit the payment details, which will be verified before an operator is sent the login information to access the portal.
- Payment for Regulatory Guideline and Application & Requirement Forms.
- Submission of Application Forms with an Application Letter on Company Letter Headed Paper.
- Submission of Relevant documents and information as contained in the Requirement Form.
- Payment of a non-refundable Licence fee.
- Team inspection of the Head office of the Company.
- Inspection of at least four (4) Branches of the company.
- Induction Course for newly registered companies.
Requirements for registering with NIPOST
- SSCE: West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE) or National Examination Council Certificate with not less than 5 credits in relevant subjects including English and Mathematics.
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in other relevant disciplines in the quantitative field Or Higher National Diploma in Accounting, Economics, Banking & Finance, Engineering, Geology, Statistics, Computer Science, or other relevant disciplines in the quantitative field.
- Computer literacy and conversant with Microsoft Office, Web Applications, and the use of relevant applications for efficient delivery of service.
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