Ozioma Ubabukoh

The Nigeria Postal Service says lack of funding has limited its fight against illegal courier operators, especially at a time some of them were engaging in the dispatch of drug-related parcels.

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The Courier Regulatory Department of the agency said findings from its surveillance team had shown that the activities of some courier firms was posing a security threat to the country, saying, “only sufficient funding could check the irregularities and drug dispatch in the sector.”

The Head of the CRD and Assistant Postmaster General of the Federation, Dr. Simon Emeje, stated this while clamping down on two alleged illegal courier operators – Kunga Rock Delivery Service and Nations Delivery Service, both of which are located in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

Emeje declined to state the specific amount spent so far on the war against illegal operators in the industry, and how much more was needed to help the CRD combat illegalities in the courier sector.

He, however, pleaded with the Federal Government and other well-meaning Nigerians to persuade the National Assembly to pass the Postal Reforms Bill and for increased funding of the service.

“The Nigerian courier sector requires all hands be on deck to sanitise the industry. We have been engaged in a fight that is five times larger than the resources we have. But the resilience of the staff is paying off.

“Through our efforts, drugs and banned commodities have been intercepted at the airport. The truth is that we need more funding and improved working equipment to win this fight,” the CRD head said.

Emeje said that the revocation was carried out after the window of opportunity to renew their licences expired.

The 14 courier companies are Abia City Express; Baxglobal Intercontinental Express Limited; Darkley Express Courier Service; Ezex Courier Services Limited; Gulf Agency & Shipping; Hand2Hand Courier Limited and Helpline Handling & Logistics.

Others are Interline Shipping Limited; Mast Logistics Limited; Nedlink Courier; Pacific Logistics International Limited; Palsy-Walsy Limited; Purpleblue Courier Services Limited and Roadmarks Nigeria Limited.

“It pains us when courier operators fail to renew their licences, because we don’t wish that any of them should close shop. It amounts to loss of jobs and revenue. But we took the steps as stated by the law. They were given four to five years window of opportunity to renew their licences,” he said.

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