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Postal service is an essential tool for inclusive development

By Bukola Afeni
The post master general ,Barrister Adebisi Adegbuyi said postal infrastructure is an enabler of inclusive development, which is essential in meeting the UN sustainable development goals.
He made the disclosure at the launching of innovative and game changing products by the postal agency ,and also to commemorate the World post day celebration in Abuja .

While speaking ,the post master general stated that the model NIPOST has chosen to adopt is patterned after the French model, having studied the different existing models,that is available in other country.
“Following the threat of modern communication technologies, the French model will ensure multi-activity, multi-channel services for the inclusion of everyone”he noted.

According to the postmaster general , the starting point was adopting the right mix of organizational structure and innovative management style in accordance with private sector best practices.

” The Nigerian Postal Service has embarked on a journey of transformation for ease of patronage for its teeming customers”

Barrister Adegbuyi also noted that the NIPOST Banking system is expected to be operational mostly in the rural areas.,so as to give room for all Nigerians to have access to the service .

Speaking on the innovations, he noted that the introduction of International Postal System(IPS) 2016 tracking system will enable customers’ trace and track their parcels and packages from home.
According to him ,the NIPOST Address Verification System is the first digital platform and an easy way to address verification within 48 hours.

The postmaster general stated that it will give an unimaginable and detailed information about individual who lives in a place.

According to him, the product will help to aid security challenges, data integrity and build a stronger economy which will be available to government agency such as, Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), and security agencies.

While giving his speech ,the minister of communications ,Barrister Adebayo Shittu noted that the new innovation will ensure that NIPOST is still relevant in today’s digitalized society.
” The World Post Day is to raise awareness on the role postal agency is playing in everyday lives of people and business”

In the same vein, Barrister Adebayo Shittu ,said there is need for a NIPOST Bank,and this was borne out of the peculiarities and challenges people at the baseline of the economy is facing, due to lack of innovations and technology in the postal sector .

“The expected line of action would facilitate financial inclusion,which is in line with the global best practice”Barrister Shittu added.

The minister said that the E-commerce which is one of the product will help in reducing the postal services.

He revealed that NIPOST is set to commercialise the pieces of land in its custody , which is an avenue to generate fund for effective service delivery of the parastatal.

The minister also pledged that the present administration will leave no stone unturned in the aspect of ensuring development and growth of the nation.

He further urged individuals and companies to patronize the NIPOST, e-commerce services, while noting that the Agency has the wherewithal to undertake such services to the teeming populace.

Barrister Adebayo Shittu said the state of Nigerian Postal Service(NIPOST) has been comatosed before the President Muhammadu Buhari led Administration.

Speaking on the innovations, he noted that the introduction of International Postal System(IPS) 2016 tracking system will enable customers’ trace and track their parcels and packages from home.

The minister reacting on the NIPOST Address Verification System ,said the first digital platform is an easy way to address verification within 48 hours.

He explained that the benefits are more satisfied customers, stronger postal markets and most importantly, more cohesive society.

The World Post Day which is celebrated on every 9th October, was originally created by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo ,as a means of marking the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s creation in 1874.

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