…Collaboration will boost jobs creation in Nigeria – Adewusi
The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) has signed a partnership agreement with E-Gate, Egypt, to fast-track digital transformation of logistics, last-mile delivery chain and other services in Nigeria.
Speaking at the ceremony in Abuja, the NIPOST Postmaster General, Dr. Ismail Adewusi, said the framework agreement is aimed at allowing Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU), stakeholders to explore and execute business opportunities for registered communication and digital postal services, adding that the collaboration will boost the creation of jobs in Nigeria.
Adewusi described the initiative as a milestone achievement for the agency, stressing that the partnership will address infrastructural gaps in the agency.
The PMG said NIPOST is taking advantage of the agreement to enhance its capacity in last-mile delivery and do more to enhance the quality of its services.
He explained that the collaboration will be an intrinsic value proposition towards the expansion and growth of the e-commerce sub-sector in Nigeria and it is in conformity with the digital economic initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Well, today is a very important milestone that we have accomplished by the signing of this agreement. The past six months have been used to navigate the process that led to this agreement.
“Because the digital transformation of the post implies that from end to end, the customer can track the movement of mails and parcels. I think it’s one area that we’ve lacked some form of competitive edge. But with the signing of this agreement, I think we have come full circle to addressing this major infrastructural issue.
“Of course, this will also assist us in contributing to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to lift 100 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years. With this newly signed agreement, we’re going to engage several hundreds of thousands of youths who are not gainfully employed. By doing so, we can contribute to employment in our country,” he said.
Highlighting the significance of the agreement, the chief executive officer of E-Gate, Mr. Essam Alsaghir, said digital transformation is fundamentally changing the way postal service operates and delivers value to customers globally.
He noted that the partnership will help digitally transform the services of NIPOST to meet its customer’s expectations.
Alsaghir explained that when the agreement is implemented, the entire last mail delivery will be automated using driver mobile application and help customers track communication with driver and monitor their deliveries through the mobile app.
“E-Gate’s platform will digitally be used to transform all logistics operations and last-mile delivery of NIPOST. Our partnership with NIPOST will provide our customers with new technology and mobile app for a secure, easy, faster way to reach their clients; not only for postal service but other transactions.
“I think this is a very important transformation of NIPOST to transform the entire process. To meet customer expectations. Now customers with the new technology and mobile apps can track every order online.
“This will generate a lot of opportunities for citizens. It is an income-generating opportunity, where citizens’ vehicles will be used. Now every citizen with a vehicle will be a potential courier for the pos and private business. This will give us a reach to a footprint of the country and to provide better service for the customers and the government as well,” he added.