Nigeria’s postmaster general (PMG), Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, has been elected the second vice chairperson of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU)10th Session.
He emerged in an election that took place at the 10th ordinary session of PAPU plenipotentiary conference held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at the weekend.
The election also saw Zimbabwe which hosted the conference for this year elected as chairperson while Algeria emerged first chairperson to run the affairs of the continental body for the next four years.
The postmaster-general of ZimPost, Mr. Sifundu Chief Moyo, was elected secretary general of PAPU.
It is the first time a Southern African country would be elected to the position in the 41 years of existence of PAPU.
The body is to run the affairs of PAPU as international bureau.
Founded in 1980, PAPU is a member of the Universal Postal Union overseeing issues of postal services on the African continent.
Speaking shortly after the election, Adewusi said postal services held a lot of potential for the growth of Africa, adding postal agencies across Africa must rise up to the new opportunities offered by technology to help the economies of the respective countries.
“The incursion of technology into communication has changed the way things are done. But rather than relegate postal services to the background, those who run postal organisations across this continent must continuously look inward to ensure that we leverage technology to contribute to the economies of our countries,” he added.