The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) says that the outbreak of corona virus in early part of the year has posed a major challenge to all postal establishments as a result of which skeletal operations were carried out, thereby resulting also in low patronage and dwindling revenues.
The Postmaster General / CEO of NIPOST, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi made the disclosure at the 2020 World Post Day celebration in Abuja.
Adewusi added that throughout the Pandemic, postal employees viewed as essential workers globally have continued to deliver services courageously and interact with individuals and delivered messages at homes and isolated centers. “In delivering the services , critical measures were also taken to protect both operatives and the postal publics, such measures includes the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizers, running taps around Postal premises, soaps, temperature checks equipments amongst others in addition to strict observance of protocols set by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in all Postal formations.”
The CEO said NIPOST due to the various development, thereby embarked on a review especially of its recurrent expenditure which was slashed down by 50% and Budgetary procedure whereby cost elements in the operation were identified and their contributions to the planned objectives of the organization evaluated.
” The objective of Management’s new approach was to instill greater prudence and discipline in the expenditure behavior of most zonal heads, including venture Managers and ensure that areas critical to the success of our operations and survival are given priority”.
He explained that the pandemic has disrupted everything on the surface of the earth known to man, and thereby having a significant setback in most respect on activities of individuals, institutions and economies of nations respectively.
In the same vein, he said the Federal Government has embarked on a comprehensive reform of the Postal Sector to make it responsive to customers’ demands through provision of high quality and affordable universal postal service to the citizenry.
According to the Postmaster General, the theme for this year’s World Post Day”more than mail” supports the effort of the Universal Postal Union (UPU )to position the postal sector as a modern forward looking industry and an important player in the information Society.
Adewusi added that NIPOST have put in place Surveillance Teams in all major post offices across the country to oversee the processing, bagging and dispatching of both local and international mail items.
The Hon. Minister for Communication and Digital Economy; Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Patami
said the compendium is a philatelic manifestation of Nigeria history over a period of hundred years.
He commended the good job the postal agency is doing in changing the narrative in the history of the country.
Pantami noted that the NIPOST Reform Bill is receiving attention.
“This will enable NIPOST to concentrate on its mandate and leave the Regulatory function of the industry to an independent body.”
“We are positioning NIPOST to use digital technologies to address challenges and contribute to national development, especially in the rural areas where the private sector does not consider it attractive.”
The Minister said plans have reached an advanced stage to unbundle NIPOST and float three (3) companies.
” The NIPOST Transport and Logistics Company, NIPOST Microfinance Bank and NIPOST Property Development Company”.
Pantami reteirated that digital transformation has led to unprecedented positive changes in the postal service.
“E-commerce has grown exponentially in Nigeria and the 2019 World Bank Digital Diagnostic Report on Nigeria identified Nigeria’s e-commerce market as one of our country’s biggest strengths.”
The Report also noted that the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD’s) stated that USD 12 billion was spent on e-commerce in Nigeria in 2018 and this is expected to increase to USD 75 billion in revenues by 2025.