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There is need to reverse zero budget status for NIPOST – Minister

Bukola Afeni

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said there is need to reverse zero budget status for NIPOST, which has hampered the growth of the postal industry in Nigeria.
He also emphasized on the need for stakeholders to brainstorm on how to enhance efficiency in the postal sector.
The Minister made the disclosure at the Courier Services Forum organized by Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, where he engaged stakeholders aimed at moving the industry forward for effective and efficient services to Nigerians.
The Minister emphasized Rule Making Process, as the first step in stakeholders’ engagement which is lacking in most government agencies.

While speaking at the just concluded United States of America General election, the Honorable Minister challenged NIPOST to brace up for the similar role, the United States Postal Service (USPS) played in processing of mail-in- ballot in future, as part of efforts to enhance Nigerian Postal industry in line with Nigeria Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.
The Postmaster General of the Federation, Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, praised the Honorable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy for his intervention during the uproar generated with the release of the new regulation of Courier and Logistics business in Nigeria.
Adewusi noted that the challenges and grey areas between stakeholders have been ironed out through positive engagement. He commended Association of Nigeria Courier Operators (ANCO), Nigeria International Air Courier Association (NIACA), and MSMEs for their cooperation.
Speaking on behalf of the Courier Operators, Okey Uba, President ANCO, commended the Minister, and the Postmaster General for giving them audience, during the issues concerning the licenses fees and creating an enabling environment for them to express themselves.
He seeks the Minister’s support for development of the Postal sector and improvement of the industry, while he solicited for proper enforcement of the new regulations, and also to empower NIPOST to carry out Policy guidelines for the industry to thrive.
The stakeholders resolved to work harmoniously with the Ministry and NIPOST for social and digital growth of the sub sector of the economy.

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