Despite not generating huge revenue into
Nigeria’s account, NIPOST officials has succeeded in turning the agency into
the cash cow of those in its payroll. This was made know through a letter
written to the agency by a lawyer, Ugochukwu Emmanuel who has written to the
Post Master General on the rationale behind some illegal fees collected by the
In a letter titled ‘Request for information over recent introduction of charge of N500
without receipt for reception of overseas packages by NIPOST pursuant to
Freedom of Information Act 2011’, Ugochukwu stated that “On four different occasions between Month of
September and October 2014 I have been made to pay N500 each to receive items
sent me from overseas and delivered through NIPOST Wuse Zone 3 Abuja.
Interestingly, some of the items were online purchase worth only 2 US Dollars
It is therefore a shock to note that an item
worth less than N400 one has to pay N500 to receive it through NIPOST. When
pressed further on what the charge means I was told it is HANDLING CHARGE!
Surprisingly, no receipt is issued for this by NIPOST which gives the whole
scheme a cover of illegality. How can a Government Agency generate revenue from
charges on mails being received with no receipt? This is unbelievable!
He has decided to invoke Section 1 Freedom
of Information Act 2011 to request for:
1. What does the N500 charge introduced for
receiving packages sent from overseas stands for officially?
2. Why is there no receipt being issued
customers for this N500 charge?
3. Was there any Act of National Assembly
authorizing NIPOST to levy this charge on customers since it is a means of
generating revenue for Federal Government?
4. If there is any Legislation passed
backing this charge kindly furnish me a copy of it.
5. Since commencement of this scheme and till
date how much has NIPOST realized from customers?
You have SEVEN DAYS only from the date of
receipt of this letter to reply me as provided under Section 4 Freedom of
Information Act 2011.