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CRD Moves to Address Multiple Taxation In Courier Industry

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Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lagos State Ministry of transportation in a bid to harmonize the transport related levies in the industry.

Operators have consistently been lamenting duplication of levies in the state. 

It was learnt that Lagos State Government have come out with what is called carriage permit for all licensed operators dispatch drivers /riders.

Dr. Ishaya Diwa, general manager, Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) made the remarks while addressing newsmen in Lagos at the weekend, after they shutdown three alleged unlicensed operators in different areas of State.

In his words during the briefing “Just recently we have entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lagos State transport Ministry in a bid to also  sanitize the industry, in that case Lagos state has come out with a Carriage Permit for drivers and dispatch riders”, he said.

In that line, he disclosed that all drivers that operate corporate and commercial vehicles will have to carry the badge and a sticker,

“In line with that we also have our stickers that would be affix on all vehicles for licensed courier companies, therefore any  vehicle that does not carry that sticker is also regarded as unlicensed one and would be apprehended or arrested by the Lagos ministry of Transport So those are some of the things we are doing to make sure we sanitize the courier industry,” he said.

The GM of Courier Regulatory department (CRD) also decried the increase in number of unlicensed courier/delivery companies in the country.

Dr. Diwa said this while speaking on the shutdown of three alleged unlicensed operators in different areas of Lagos state.

He said the three firms were sealed after series of investigations on their activities. He listed the three courier companies as Time Code Services, On-Time Express and Integrated Dispatch Express.

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IATA, AfDB sign MoU to Advance Africa’s Aviation

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for collaboration to boost the aviation sector in Africa.

The MoU was signed Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria, on the sidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s World Aviation Forum, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure” by IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniac, and African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina.

The aviation industry in Africa currently supports US $72.5 billion in economic activity and 6.8 million jobs. Over the next 20 years, the industry is forecast to grow at nearly 6% per year.

“This creates significant opportunities. But achieving this potential will not happen by chance; strong partnerships are key. The MoU with AfDB will help facilitate the growth and development of Africa’s aviation industry. In so doing, it will expand prosperity and change peoples’ lives for the better in the continent’s 54 nations,” de Juniac told the African Aviation Ministers, Africa aviation industry experts, and airline executives present at the signing ceremony.

Under the MoU, IATA and the AfDB will work in partnership to further Africa’s economic and social development by helping build a safe, secure and efficient aviation industry. The two organizations commit to create and implement programs and projects, including technical cooperation for capacity building. Priority areas will include improving connectivity, safety and aviation infrastructure.

“The aviation sector is especially important as it opens up doors to investors,” said Adesina. “Very few invest where it’s difficult to travel to. That’s why ease of access via air travel is strongly correlated to economic growth. We must make regional aviation markets competitive and drive down costs, raise efficiencies and improve connectivity and convenience.”

“From Abuja, a new voice has arisen through this partnership: Africa’s aviation time has come! Together, let’s open up the skies of Africa, and together let’s integrate Africa. By so doing, we will build stronger and more resilient economies,” he said.

The African Development Bank has invested close to US $1 billion over the past decade in the construction and expansion of airport terminals, as well as aviation safety and aircraft financing. Additional Bank interventions in the aviation industry include grants for capacity building and coordination systems in 25 countries and 69 airports, that will help increase the number of International Civil Aviation Organization safety and security compliant airports from 3 to 20 by 2019.

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FG says National Carrier to be Private Sector Driven

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The Federal Government has said that the proposed national carrier will be driven by private sector.

Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, who disclosed that such arrangement, would avoid the mistakes that led to the failure of the defunct Nigerian Airways.

Sirika stated this on the sideline of the ongoing International Civil Aviation Organisation World Aviation Forum on Wednesday in Abuja.

The theme of the forum is “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.”

He said that stakeholders had agreed on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the new national carrier.

The minister explained that the Federal Government was following Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) guidelines to ensure that due processes in the arrangement.

According to him, government has appointed the Transaction Advisers to work out modalities for the carrier.

He said that government intended to go into alliances or joint ventures with other aircraft manufacturers to increase the reach and number of routes of the national carrier.

Sirika added that the planned improvement of airport and air navigation infrastructure would support the expected growth from activities of the new carrier.

“The question of national carrier, we all have agreement that this national carrier can only survive and succeed if it is private sector led and driven.

“Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Nigeria are guided by act of parliament which is the ICRC Act 2007 that spelt out how to go about doing all these things.

“We will be following them diligently. But unfortunately, it is cumbersome but we are following it so that we don’t run afoul of the law.

“African Development Bank and other companies are discussing with us on this matter.

“We are yet to meet with other stakeholders but we expect to meet them during this conference and after then, we will go and do our road shows.

“The key thing here is having something that will stand the test of time so that we don’t start and falter.

“It has happened to Nigeria before. The Air Nigeria was founded and at some point, it died because of something that was faulty.

‘’We have learnt our lessons and we are not going to repeat it again,” he said.

Sirika admitted that one of the major challenges of air transportation in Africa was high taxes.

He said that the issue of high taxes would be discussed as a critical factor to encourage investors.

”The lower the tax, the more flights in and the more flights in, the more passengers, more jobs, more revenue and that is within our master plan.’’

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FG to Partner Boeing to Launch National Carrier

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Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, has said that the Federal Government is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing on the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

Sirika, in his tweet on his handle,@hadisirika on Thursday, said the MoU would be signed during the forthcoming Third ICAO World Aviation Forum (IWAF) in Abuja.

The minister also disclosed that Airbus of France had indicated interest in partnering with the government on the proposed carrier and establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in the country.

He said that the government and Airbus would also discuss further during the IWAF 3 that would hold from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

“Airbus signified interest in our National Carrier and our MRO, we will discuss further during the upcoming ICAO forum,’’ he said.

It would be recalled that the minister had expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration determination to establish a national carrier and MRO in a bid to reposition the nation’s aviation sector.

He had since announced the appointment of transaction advisers for the national carrier and MRO.

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