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NIPOST revokes licences of 30 courier companies

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The Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has revoked licences of 30 courier companies in the country.

The General Manager, CRD, Dr Ishaya Diwa, made the disclosure at a media briefing in Lagos on Thursday.

Diwa said that the licences of the companies were revoked because the operators were not complying with the rules and regulations governing courier services.

“For the past two years, the CRD of NIPOST has consistently been trying to sanitise the courier industry with its continuous events such as clamping down of companies.

“We need our courier operators in the country to work with the best standard as courier business is a worldwide business and any form of infringement will tell bad for the country.

“This revocation is also a means of making the environment conducive and worthwhile for operators to thrive,’’ he said.

He said that the revoked courier operators were spread across the country but majority of them were in Lagos.

Diwa said that the criteria for revoking the licences were based on lack of renewal of licence upward to three years and activities done not in tandem with rules and regulations of NIPOST.

He, however, cautioned the public to beware of the revoked operators and desist from working with them.

Diwa said that revoking an operator’s licence was not a death sentence.

He said that if an operator changed the mode of operations, it would have to meet certain criteria, pay the backlog of the penalty; before it would be taken back.

Diwa said that the biggest challenge facing the CRD was that the smaller operators did not have fixed addresses where they would be seen physically.

He said that economic reasons were good reasons for the operators to be cutting corners.

“The department has always been relaxed in enforcing rules but unfortunately Nigerians like to take advantage of things with impunity.

“It is good to have a small and neat courier business in the country than having the proliferation of services.

“Presently, we have 108 courier companies that are healthy and financially stable unlike when they were 300.

“The operators renewal fees in the country is about the cheapest in the world; N350,000 in a year. It is just that our people like taking short corners and that is not good for business,’’ Diwa said.

The affected companies are: Abex Express, Benop Courier Ltd., Best Courier Ltd., Betkey International Venture Ltd., B-Flex Express Service Ltd., Blue Star Courier and Logistics Services Ltd., Business Messenger Nigeria Ltd., Dealdey Swift Ltd., and Fair Plus.

Others are: Fleet Courier Ltd., Gbuzzorr Delivery Service, Greater Washington Capital Ltd., Green White Express Logistics, IMO Transport, Kaoline Ventures Ltd., Macdon Express Courier Ltd, Migfo Express Courier Freight, Okoli Express, and Vee Express Delivery Services.

The remaining ones are: One-on-One Parcels Ltd., Pele Express, Quick Link Express, Quo Courier and Logistics, Skyhigh Express Nigeria Ltd., Speed Express Courier Ltd., Speed Mails Express Ltd., Speedmark Courier, Thanet Deliveries, Total Quality Express Services, and Universe Courier. (NAN)

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FG Reconstitutes Governing Boards Of Parastatals Under Federal Ministry of Transportation

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-constitution of members of the Governing Boards of Parastatals within the purview of the Ministry Transportation.

In a press release today April 6, 2022 signed by Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Transport, Eric Ojiekwe, the following Parastatals Boards have been approved for reconstitution:

i. Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)
ii. Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT)
iii. Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (MAN, ORON)
iv. National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
v. Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

The Board members are as follows:
i. Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)
a. Lawal Sama’ila Abdullahi – Chairman
b. Rufai Ahmed Akambi – Member
c. Usen Ekong Udoh – Member
d. Otunba Oluseyi Oduntan – Member
e. Violet Oliatan Williams – Member
f. Mohammed Allamin Kam-Salem – Member
g. Hon. Emmanuel Lyambee Jime – Executive Secretary/CEO

ii. Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT)
a. Hon Ejike Njeze – Chairman
b. Alh. Amuda Seriki – Member
c. Mr. Muhiydeen Sani Awwal – Member
d. Mr. Paul Eluhaiwe – Member
e. Hon. Gbenga Elegbele – Member
f. Sen. Tutare Abubakar – Member
g. Dr. Bayaro S. Farah – Director-General/CEO

iii. Maritime Academy of Nigeria, (MAN, ORON)
a. Rear Adm. Jacob Adekunle Ajani – Chairman
b. Alh. Abdullah Nurudeen – Member
c. Larry Odeh – Member
d. Commodore D. E. Effedua – Rector/CEO

iv. National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
a. Hon. Binta Masi Garba – Chairman
b. Chibuike Ikenga – Member
c. Chief (Dr) George N. Moghalu – Managing Director/CEO

v. Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
a. Chief Akinwunmi Ricketts – Chairman
b. Sen. Ayogu Eze – Member
c. Ghazali Moh’d – Member
d. Abdullazeez Nyako – Member
e. Abdulwahab Adeshina – Member
f. Mustapha Aminu Dutse – Member
g. Ms. Adenrele Susana Adeshina – Executive Director, Finance
h. Mohammed Bello Koko – Managing Director/CE

  1. The inauguration of the Boards by the Minister of Transportation will be conveyed in due course.
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Rail Incidence: FG Asks Nigerians To Contribute Money For Patients’ Treatment

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The Federal Government has asked Nigerians to raise funds for the treatment of those who sustained injuries when bandits attacked a train heading to Kaduna State from the FCT.

Grassroots.ng reported earlier how bandits gunned down at least nine persons, while many others sustained different degrees of injuries during the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

The incident has triggered reactions since Monday, as Nigerians lament the level of insecurity ravaging the nation at the moment.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who spoke when he visited the victims who are being treated at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna on Wednesday, revealed that the army had not charged the patients a dime.

Amaechi asked Nigerians to liaise with the hospital to contribute money as some of the patients who have bullets in their body may need surgery.

He said, “They said they have only seven (patients) left and the rest have been discharged. The ministry, and I think the federal government, are grateful to the Nigerian Army for providing such services.

“But one thing I have said to the Nigerian people is to liaise with the hospital management and see how much money they can contribute for the treatment of the patients”.

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Nigeria Will Spend At Least N3bn To Replace What Was Lost During Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack

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It will take more than N3 billion to replace what had been lost to the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail route, the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi said on Tuesday.

Terrorists had attacked a train on the route on Monday, killing at least eight persons.

Many are also believed to have been abducted.

Amaechi, speaking to reporters after visiting the scene of the attack, said the unfortunate event could have been avoided if a N3 billion digital security equipment had been acquired.

“We knew what the problem would be. We knew we needed to have digital security equipment. We applied for it.

“Because if we had those equipment, you will see nobody on that track. And I warned that lives will be lost. Now, lives are lost. Eight persons dead, 25 persons in the hospital.

We don’t know how many persons have been kidnapped. And the cost of that equipment is just N3 billion. The cost of what we’ve lost is more than N3 billion. We’ve lost tracks, we’ve lost locomotives and coaches. We’ve lost human beings. And the equipment is just N3 billion.

“To fix all the things on that track now, will cost us more than N3 billion. And now even the things we said give us approval to buy – at the time we asked for it, dollar was N400, now it is N500. When you come with sincerity to government and your colleagues and people are stopping you, it is annoying.”

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