In yet another shameless example of the Nigerian government’s disregard for its people, the Nigerian Postal Service has announced new guidelines for obtaining a license for courier and logistics companies. The new arbitrary rules threaten to put logistics companies and courier services out of business, just as they are struggling to find their footing in an economy ravaged by the ongoing pandemic. This, of course, points towards a possible monopoly of the industry by NIPOST, a service many consider extremely unreliable.
Nigerians have taken to the streets of Twitter to air their grievances over the apparent injustice and the devastating effects it would have on SMEs, youth employment and the quality of delivery services in the country. Here are some reactions:
How much does the average logistics business make per month with a bike or two? Yet you're requesting them to pay one million naira for a license!
How much does the online vendor make per day?
You'll stifle many businesses struggling to survive#SayNoToNipostFee
— Aproko Doctor (@aproko_doctor) July 25, 2020
Since the start of the Nipost saga yesterday,I’ve been so weak to my bone and so lost of words. How can you make us unemployed and still frustrate the entrepreneur spirit in us.
— Aduke omo williams (@yemisi_williams) July 25, 2020
Dear VP @ProfOsinbajo, this fee proposed by @NipostNgn would definitely kill small businesses who rely on logistics for their goods delivery and I'm sure it doesn't represent your vision for the ease of doing business in Nigeria. Please help! #SayNoToNipostFee pic.twitter.com/cffVw3vYIu
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) July 25, 2020
Good morning @DrIsaPantami we hope you can hear the cry of young Nigerians. As the Minister supervising @NipostNgn we hope you can do something about this sir. #SayNoToNipostFee pic.twitter.com/WV8Tpjb593
— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) July 25, 2020
Mr CEO, how did he arrive at these figures? Some of these companies don't make this much in an entire year. Union levy, agbero levy, LG levy, Lagos state levy, Nipost levy..
Bombard the lines and email till this rubbish is cancelled..50 mails / 50 calls per day#SayNoToNipostFee pic.twitter.com/6dsEZl2r6J
— Dr. Guendouzi ( The Cerebral Assassin ) (@fimiletoks) July 25, 2020
Imagine buying a delivery bike for N350,000 and paying N1,000,000 to get an operating license.. If this is not madness, I don’t know again.. Very soon they will charge us for living and breathing Nigerian air.. #NOTONIPOSTFEE #SayNoToNipostFee
— The Hair Plug (@Msmenalicious) July 25, 2020
Does NIPOST even know there’s a pandemic, and that the world has been shut down over that? Instead of announcing grants and subsidies to keep small business afloat in the fashion of responsible governments in countries with thinking leaders, they chose cruelty. #SayNoToNipostFee
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) July 25, 2020
You called them “Lazy Nigerian youth” but they didn't bother, rather they are trying to make themselves better but from nowhere, you're imposing a ridiculous fee on them so they can be unemployed. This is horrible. #SayNoToNipostFee
— AUNTY ADA (@AuntyAdaa) July 25, 2020
We are not talking about this thing with NIPOST enough, the entire value chain will be severely affected. Vendors cannot sell if there are no logistics companies to deliver the items or if delivery charges become too high, fintechs are going to be affected.
— ThatPortharcourtBoy Aka Obiageliaku (@ThatPHCBoy) July 25, 2020
NIPOST one of the top 3 most ineffective government agency want to monopolize logistics. Imagine ordering food and waiting for NIPOST to deliver it, they'll bring it 3 days later. Last time I used them they shouted at me to come and get my parcel from their office
— Imoh Umoren (@TheImoh) July 25, 2020
All this country does is take , take, take, take , take…. you’ll think with all they collect from the already suffering population, they’ll at least be able to provide the most basic things but no. Nothing is working, but yet they keep taking & taking & taking #SayNoToNipostFee
— ebele. (@ebelee_) July 25, 2020