The postmaster-general (PMG) of the federation, Dr. Ismail Adewusi, has said the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) is fully aware of its role in the growth of Nigeria’s digital economy.
Speaking on the World Post Day 2021 commemorated over the weekend, October 9, 2021, with the theme ‘Innovate to recover’, the PMG said the agency has keyed fully into the digital economy agenda of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, adding that it is fast embracing technology in its service delivery as part of the targets of delivering on its core objectives as a service organization operating within the technology-driven economic environment.
He said the NIPOST is committed to leverage on technology to reinvent the organization, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s policy to unbundle the service.
Adewusi commended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, for driving the change.
He said the theme for this year’s celebration reflected the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted the operations of postal services globally.
A statement by the NIPOST general manager, corporate communications, Franklin Alao, said efforts were geared towards a quicker recovery from the effects of the pandemic as far the operations of the organization are concerned.
“This year, the global post focuses on ways and means of harnessing a better world with improving living standards for humanity after recovering from the clutches of the pandemic. It is a fact that the post is a fundamental instrument for all citizens. The post offices create free entry and businesses for all ages, class, race and religion,” it said.
The statement explained that NIPOST has a great role to play in the realisation of Nigeria’s digital economy.
“It has become expeditious for us to operate at the same wavelength with other internationally recognised service delivery companies,” it said.
It noted that the NIPOST has diversified its services with the aid of information communication technology, to serve its customers better and improve revenue generation.
“With many postal administrations diversifying and expanding their operations to move sales of products and services beyond borders, postal services are inventing new means and methods to satisfy the customers,” the statement said.
As part of the activities to celebrate World Post Day, the statement said Adewusi also announced three winners of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Letter Writing Competition for people under age 15.
It said 11-year-old Aranbada Oluwadamilare Caleb (M), a student of God Lead Private School, Badagry, Lagos State, clinched the first position, while 15-year-old Abduljabar Shakirah Omosalewa (F) of Islamic College, Osogbo, Osun, bagged the second position.
Also,13-year-old David Uchenna Andrew (M) of Nobles International School, Ahan Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, settled for third place.
As part of activities to mark the day across the country, a customer’s’ forum will be held with NIPOST stakeholders and customers, among others.