Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Nigeria To Launch Digital Postcode To Promote Digital Economy

NIPOST NASRDA Workshop
A cross section of participants during the workshop in Nasarawa State.

The Nigerian government is set to launch a digital postcode system in June 2023, as part of efforts to promote a digital economy.

The Postmaster General of the Federation, Hon. Adeyemi Adepoju disclosed this at a two-day workshop in collaboration with the National Population Commission, (NPC), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation and other partners held in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The digitalisation of the postcode system is expected to enhance mail delivery efficiency, response to emergencies, and reduce insecurity related to banditry, kidnapping, and internet scams. The system will also improve healthcare delivery, revenue and tax collections and distribution of utility bills.

The digital postcode system is expected to boost Nigeria’s economy and reduce insecurity. It will also facilitate the issuance of driver’s licenses, national identity management numbers, international passports, and banking services, among other verification services.

Adepoju expressed his optimism that the program would make a mark in Nigerian history, leveraging technology to ensure every part of the country is effectively captured. The system will utilise a systematic framework of alpha-numeric characters from state, local government areas, postcode districts, postcode areas, and postcode units.

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