Linus Aleke, Abuja:
Determined to brace up with the new digital media and the new dynamics of postal services in the globe, the acting Postmaster General of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Architect Enoch Ade Ogun has unveiled a new Strategic Road Map aimed at reforming and repositioning the nation’s postal services.
Ogun who unveils the new postal service strategic master plan at the ‘2015 World Post Day’, also stressed that post office services have changed from a place of posting letters to a communications center where various services are provided.
His words, “Today provides us an opportunity to present to you our strategic road map. In the course of the next few years, the Nigerian Postal Service would be guided by world postal strategy of the Universal Postal Union to pave way for the socio-economic transformation of the country, by playing a leading role in supporting the implementation of the United Nation’s post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.
“The existence of post office in all the nooks and crannies of our country places NIPOST at an advantage over other similar organizations in Nigeria in terms of spread. The strengthening of our three dimensional network of physical, financial and digital strategy provides us great opportunity to diversify and bring social, financial and digital inclusion to the largely excluded rural populace.
“As our vision stipulates, we are focused on becoming a world class postal service provider, hence we are poised to provide quality postal service that satisfy the aspirations of all stakeholders.”
The new NIPOST boss also noted that the agency’s collaboration with local and international law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies, aimed at checkmating the use of NIPOST as conduit pipe for transmission of arms and ammunitions, hard drugs, and other prohibited items through post yielded tremendous success in the recent time, adding that security operatives at the International Mail Processing Centre, Ikeja-Lagos intercepted 400 scam letters containing negotiable financial instrument worth over four trillion naira in value.
In a goodwill massage at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa who was represented by Deputy Director Post and Telecom, Mr. Ahmed Gumel said that the advent of digital economy, navigation of consumers among multiple channels of communication are the key factors that are changing the way postal business is conducted.
He added that the new postal network; financial, electronic and physical dimensions can contribute significantly for social and economic development, job creation and poverty reduction as contained in the postal reform programme of government.