To fortify accountability and security in the courier and logistics sector, the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has established a deadline of February 2024, compelling unregistered enterprises to finalize their registration and align with the organization’s regulations. This initiative is an integral component of NIPOST’s comprehensive strategy to introduce postcodes and the Address Verification System (AVS), strategically designed to confront the prevalence of fraudulent addresses and reinforce security measures nationwide. By implementing this deadline, NIPOST aims to bring about a heightened sense of responsibility among industry players while simultaneously contributing to the broader goal of fortifying the integrity of the postal and logistics landscape throughout the country.
In a recent meeting of stakeholders in Enugu State, Dotun Shonde, General Manager of NIPOSTs Courier and Logistics Regulatory Department, stressed the crucial importance of robust regulation. Shonde underscored the pivotal role of adhering to these regulations, stating, “It is a regulation that has been in force for the past three decades. It is to ensure that private operators comply with the NIPOST Act by doing what is needful or legal.” This reiteration highlights NIPOST’s enduring commitment to a regulatory framework that guarantees lawful and essential practices within the courier and logistics sector.
Operators without a license pose security threats.
Shonde raised red flags regarding specific operators who engage in business activities without obtaining the required licenses, thereby presenting a notable threat to security. According to his explanation, these operators operate in a secretive manner without displaying identifiable number plates or providing traceable addresses, rendering them practically untraceable if any agreement violations were to occur. Moreover, the absence of proper identification creates an opportunity for dishonest individuals to accept payments for goods and services while neglecting their responsibility to deliver them.
The regulations specified in the NIPOST Act, Cap 127, laws of the federation 2004, as amended, necessitate private operators to obtain a license from the Postmaster General of the Federation prior to venturing into the postal industry. Shonde emphasized that the adherence to these regulations is strongly enforced by the Postmaster General of the Federation, expressing, henceforth, the Postmaster General of the federation has articulated a resolute stance. In order to tackle these concerns, NIPOST took action in 2021 by implementing strict measures and crackdowns. They also launched public education and awareness campaigns with the aim of enhancing awareness. The organization firmly remains dedicated to guaranteeing that all entities operating within the industry abide by the essential regulations, thus upholding the industry’s integrity.
Home delivery of passports to begin in February 2024.
Meanwhile, a significant update reveals that the Nigerian government is currently in progressive talks with NIPOST, intending to employ its speedy mail service to ensure prompt delivery of passports to Nigerian applicants at their residences. The past Interior Minister made an announcement about this initiative while inaugurating the Nigeria Immigration Passport Front Desk Office in Auchi, Edo State. The minister emphasized the government’s eagerness to collaborate with NIPOST in order to facilitate the worldwide distribution of passports to Nigerian citizens.
Furthermore, the implementation of this action is on the verge of simplifying the provision of passport delivery services, while simultaneously utilizing NIPOST’s extensive network to empower the people of Nigeria. In October, during the University of Lagos International Week’s opening ceremony under the theme ‘Breaking the Borders of Partnership,’ Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the minister, revealed an exciting development. Effective February 2024, Nigerians will have the convenience of receiving their passports delivered straight to their desired locations, whether it be their homes or offices. Additionally, Tunji-Ojo also shared that from as early as January next year, individuals will have the opportunity to effortlessly complete their passport application process online.
Minister of Interior reveals plans for visa-on-arrival.
Finally, the minister assured Nigerians that his ministry is actively collaborating with important parties to guarantee a smooth immigration and travel experience within the nation. Emphasizing the government’s dedication, he mentioned the upcoming implementation of policies aimed at reinforcing the Visa-on-arrival system. Tunji-Ojo, while discussing the Interior Ministry’s alliance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed that the government plans to establish 12 additional visa application centers globally. “We are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enforce the principle of reciprocity, and a committee has been set up in the ministry to achieve this,” he said.
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