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NIPOST Says Unlicensed Courier Operators Dangerous to Economy, Shuts 3 Offices

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The Courier Regulatory department (CRD), an arm of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has decried the increase in number of unlicensed courier/delivery companies in the country.

The Department frowned at the situation which it described as economic sabotage.

Dr. Ishaya Diwa, general manager, Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) made the remarks on Wednesday while briefing newsmen 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.

The Clampdown team was however led by Mr. Shonde Dotun, assistant general manager, Licensing.

The General Manager said that they took the action in line with the Department’s duties and responsibilities- to regulate all courier operators and ensure that operators in the industry comply with industry codes and standards set by the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

He stated that they periodically monitor activities of the regularized operators, assessing what they do to ensure sure total compliance with set standards.

He further decried that there are more unlicensed courier operators in Nigeria than licensed ones hence the need to ensure justice for the licensed operators to recoup their investments.

“Things must be done correctly, those that operate with impunity must be made to comply with laws of the land so that the industry will have sanity. Unlicensed Courier operators bring bad name to the industry and Nigeria at large, because they are not registered, they have nothing to lose so they do all sorts of bad job to people’s items, thereby creating bad name for license operators,” he said.

He also named eleven (11) courier companies that their licenses were revoked for defaulting in renewing their license.

He noted that the revocation became necessary because these companies have defaulted for onward of three (3) years. They include: 21st Century Courier; Abx Air Business Courier; Concorde Express; Denca Global Courier; Glintz Express Ltd., Maxi Express & Logistics; Somadek Global Services Ltd., Souche Parcel Service; Starlite Courier Express Nig. Ltd., and Urban Rural Courier

However, one of the companies that lost their operating licenses to the Federal Government, blamed the situation on harsh operating environment.

Captain John Okakpu, MD/Ceo of abx world, owners of   Abx Air Business Courier, told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek on phone, though the company has diversified from courier operations to agro-allied export, however, it became obvious that the Government is not feeling the pulse of industry players “by jerking up the annual renewal fee by over 1000%. Such is not sustainable.

“As if we knew that Government is not ready to support the courier, we diversified our operations from Courier to agro-allied export and have since obtained the necessary licenses and permits. The Government should be concerned that businesses are dying; it ought to be concerned that companies that were doing very well, renewed their licenses, all of the sudden they have gone under. The industry needs support. The National Assembly is yet to give attention to the postal reform bill. Other countries in the West African region have vibrant Agencies regulating postal sector. The truth is that all is not well with the industry”, he told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek.

Dr Diwa further stated that they have resolved with the “change” mantra of the present administration that business will not be as usual, “and things must be done according to the laws of the land”.

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NPA Deploys Anti-Pollution Drones

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Hadiza Bala Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) (3rd left), flanked by other guests at the drones’ unveiling, recently.

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Hadiza Bala Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has commissioned modern pollution and environmental equipment including drones, jet skies and booms for surveillance, monitoring and containing oil spillages on the waterways.

Other equipment unveiled include blowers, pressure washers, skimmers, power pack absorbers and multiple dispersant sprays, according to a report by Ships and Ports.

Usman also pledged the NPA’s commitment and continued support in the area of capacity building towards greater efficiency and service delivery.

Speaking at the passing out ceremony of 125 Officers of Squad 49 of Fire Service Department of the Authority, Usman expressed excitement at the fact that 21 out of the Squad are women, stressing that it is an indication that women are beginning to see the value of breaking the barriers of limitation that the society has placed on them.

According to her, NPA was aware of the numerous challenges in today’s business environment and would ensure that it works towards realizing its mission statement of providing efficient port services in a safe, secure and customer-friendly environment.

She charged the new officers to join the pool of vast professionals in the organisation to deliver better service to the port industry.

Usman said the ancillary skills acquired by the officers like swimming and water rescue, articulated vehicle driving, road traffic crash rescue and first aid treatment were critical ingredients for professionalism, adding that NPA management would ensure “they impact meaningfully in the system”.

Usman also pledged commitment and support to the Fire Service Department at delivering plausible services in line with industry standards, stating that NPA pays premium to best practices.

She said, “Our objective is to modernize and transform operational services to enshrine efficient and quality services”.

Source: Ships and Ports

 

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Explore Nigeria With These Top Four Tour Operators

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By Ogunfowoke Adeniyi

Nigeria is a beautiful country and one of the thrilling ways to explore this beauty is by going on group tours. Of course, you can visit these destinations on your own but to unearth the real excitement in travelling, it is advisable you go in a group.

Presently, there are quite a number of tour operators that organise tours to different Nigerian destinations. So, it is not difficult to get a tour operator to get away with. However, if you want the best, tour operators in the country, Jumia Travel, identifies some of them.

Social Prefect Tour

Chiamaka Ngozi Obuekwe is the Chief Executive Officer of Social Prefect Tours, a travel brand which organises group tours, school excursions, corporate retreats, holiday packages and also offer tour guide services in Nigeria. Social Prefect Tour is one of the popular tour operators in Nigeria.

Unravelling Nigeria

Unravelling Nigeria is a company that uses an online platform to create awareness on the tourism potentials of every state in Nigeria.

They are dedicated to finding every tourist attraction around the country and showcasing it to the world so that Nigeria can become a top tourism destination. It is owned by Lola Daniyan

TP Adventures

TVP Adventures makes travel easy and affordable. It is a one-stop shop for group tours within Nigeria and Africa. TVP Adventures specialises in cultural, historical and nature tours across Nigeria and Africa.

Tour2Nigeria

Tour2Nigeria offers a window to various cultural and tourism potentials available in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria. Tour2Nigeria promotes the country’s rich culture and offer information that is second-to-none to both local and international visitors.

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Nigerian-Canadian, Lola Kassim Appointed New GM for Uber West Africa

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Lola Kassim as its new general manager for West Africa

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Uber, Monday, announced, the appointment of Lola Kassim, a Nigerian-Canadian, as its new general manager for West Africa.

Most recently, Lola worked as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company where she led teams providing strategic business advice and implementing organizational and operational improvements in the energy, public, and financial services sectors in West and Southern Africa.

A seasoned professional with over 10 years of global experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada, Lola will be responsible for driving Uber’s overall strategy for West Africa, which includes improving reliability and service levels for uberX and creating additional value adds for driver-partners.

“I am immensely pleased to be joining Uber at a pivotal point in the company’s growth and expansion curve. My vision for West Africa, in particular, is to ensure that we are aligned with Uber’s overall objective of creating sustainable, alternative modes of mobility. In addition to creating value for driver-partners and riders, I will also be focused on ensuring that we continue to engage with our key stakeholders and relevant partners with a view to continued positive impact across West Africa.”

Speaking on Lola’s appointment, Alon Lits, general manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber said: “As a company that is deeply committed to diversity and inclusiveness, we are excited to have Lola join the team of other incredible women at Uber – who are pushing the envelope towards achieving the global vision of creating value for riders and driver-partners alike. In West Africa, Lola will be supported by a highly skilled and enthusiastic team covering Operations, Marketing, Communications, Legal and Policy. As we often say at Uber, we are #superpumped.”

Prior to joining Uber, Lola spent 3.5 years as a Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company. She also worked as a Governance Advisor with the Liberian Presidency through the

Africa Governance Initiative, supporting a unit driving delivery of Presidential infrastructure priorities. She began her career with the Canadian government where she served as Policy Advisor to senior officials and managed units developing policy, strategy, and business cases regarding socio-economic development programming for Canada’s Aboriginal communities and foreign policy.

A Nigerian-Canadian, Lola holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MSc from the London School of Economics where she was a Chevening Scholar.

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