Digital protest arose today on social media platforms, as the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has increased the cost of licences for logistics and courier companies.
The new NIPOST regulation is said to have effect on the survival of logistics company and delivery prices.
As introduced by NIPOST, “companies which provide international courier services like DHL, FEDEX and UPS are expected to pay N20m for a new licence and N8m annually. While those offering national services are expected to pay N10m for licence and N4m yearly for renewal.
Logistics companies operating within regions are expected to pay N5m for licence and N2m annually.
For firms operating within states, the cost of procuring a licence is N2m while renewal costs N800,000.
Courier firms that operate within municipalities are to pay N1m for licence and N400,000 annually.
For Small and Medium Enterprises, the licence is N250,000 while the annual renewal of the licence is N100,000.
However, the commotion was caused by the dear for hindrances that the new NIPOST regulation will cause on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Unemployment and Poverty are being alleviated by operations of logistics companies, as many youths are able to cater for themselves through courier and logistics services.
Many business owners who greatly depends on digital market and delivery services during COVID19 lockdown, share their negative view on the new NIPOST regulation.
The NIPOST Twitter page has been flooded with dissatisfactory posts and comments, as regarding increase in cost of license.
Hashtag SayNoToNipostFee is now on Twitter trendings.
However, both survival of SMEs and tax are very garmain to the country’s economy, which government and the people must put in to considering.
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has called the attention of NIPOST to halt the newly cost of license.