Mr Adepoju Sunday on Wednesday assumed duty as the Postmaster General of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).
In his maiden address to the top management of the organisation, he promised to leave the agency better than he met it.
Adepoju assured the staffers of the organisation that he would put in his best with their support to ensure the smooth transformation of NIPOST.
He said, “welfare is going to be my concern because every member of staff will put in best in delivery of obligations to the organisation”.
Until his appointment, Adepoju, who is a professional Accountant, had held several appointments as an Accountant in several private organisations.
He was also a Special Assistantssistant on Account Matters to ex-governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Also, he was a two-term member of the House of Representatives, where he represented Federal constituency of Oyo state, from 2011 to 2019. The new Postmaster General was a graduate of Accountancy from Yaba College of Techonology, where he obtained a HND in Accountancy and an MBA from Federal University of Technology, Akure.
His appointment is for an initial term of five years.
The Director-General, Universal Postal Union (UPU), Masahiko Metoki has urged stakeholders in the postal sector to take concrete steps to reduce climate change and other environmental challenges facing the world.
Mekoki stated this on Sunday via a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria in commemoration of the 2022 World Postal Day celebrated annually on Oct. 9. He urged the governments of UPU member countries to work with both public and private partners to secure climate investments for the postal sector.
Mekoki also called on postal formations to revive the spirit of innovation that helped them support their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The D-G urged that postal outfits should leverage on past experiences to find innovative solutions that will reduce carbon footprints.
According to him, “ fighting climate change is no small task and let this year’s theme serve as a benchmark for finding appropriate and impactful responses to support communities.
“Real action requires real investments, but these investments will pay dividends towards our future.
“ We can no longer ignore the climate emergency.
“ Drastic changes in our environment are beginning to have dramatic impacts on our daily lives and livelihoods,” Mekoki said.
He also urged users of postal services to support the sector and work to build a better, as well as a brighter future.
NAN reports that the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Post for Planet.
”‘ To mark the day, NIPOST simultaneously organised a customers’ forum in postal offices across the country to appreciate its loyal customers for their consistent patronage over the years.
Mr Ibrahim Musa, the Head, Corporate Communications of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in Kaduna, on Friday said bad roads and insecurity were the major challenges of the organisation in Nigeria.
Musa said this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna, on the sidelines of a road show to mark the World Postal Day. He said bad roads and insecurity had been impediments to the service delivery in all the nooks and crannies of the country.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Post for Planet”.
Musa lamented that the state of the roads in some locations of the country had frequently caused break down of their vehicles.
He also said insecurity was also a challenge that had limited their service of mail deliveries in parts of the country, noting that it was a setback to the development of NIPOST.
“Our staff are not too safe traveling all over Nigeria for mail deliveries,” he said.
Musa, however, said that the patronage of NIPOST in Kaduna state and Nigeria as a whole was impressive.
“We are now digital, we are not as analogue as previous years; any customer that orders items from overseas is paying money to track and trace digitally.
“Based on that, we have been having so much patronage this days and we are always there to serve any customer as desired,” Musa said.
He explained that the road walk was aimed at celebrating the World Postal Day every Oct. 9. He said that this year’s event was, however, held on Friday because the specific date fell on a Sunday.
He urged the government to improve the security and road condition, to enable them to work better and increase income to the government.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Adepoju Sunday as the new Postmaster General (PMG) Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).
This is contained in a statement signed by Uwa Suleiman, the spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
Suleiman said: “ The appointment followed the recommendations made by Pantami.
’’ She said that Sunday was appointed for an initial term of five (5) years.
The new appointee is a professional accountant and a former member of the House of Representatives who represented Ibarapa Federal Constituency of Oyo state.
The appointment of the new PMG of NIPOST is with immediate effect.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami has approved the appointment of Mr Bulus Yakubu as acting Post-Master General (PMG) and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST).
This was contained in a statement issued by NIPOST Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Franklyn Alao on Thursday in Abuja.
Until his appointment, Yakubu was the Secretary to NIPOST Governing board, Director (Special Duties) and also NIPOST Liaison Officer to the National Assembly.
Yakubu, who holds a Bachelor in Law Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, belongs to a number of professional bodies, notably the International Bar Association (IBA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Institute for Fraud Management and Control.
According to the statement, he joined the service of the Nigerian Postal Service in 1990 and has served in different capacities with a proven record of excellent performance.
NAN reports that Yakubu replaces Dr. Ismail Adewusi, who was appointed as NIPOST PMG in 2019. www.
The Postmaster-General (PMG) Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) Dr Adebayo Adewusi, has called for an intervention from the Federal Government to save the service from shutting down.
Adewusi said this at the hearing on Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the NIPOST revenue generation has gone down drastically with the advent of COVID-19 in 2020 as it affected 60 to 65 per cent revenue of the organisation which was from exporting mails.
“When you take half of our revenue, that you are saying in essence is that we should shut down business; the truth of the matter is that, our cost of operation is higher than our revenue.
“last year, we had a deficit of about N1.7 billion; the way we are today, NIPOST is in comatose, it is just a matter of time before NIPOST dies if no intervention is made,’’ he said.
He said that as a result reforms made in 2020, a major NIPOST source of revenue was transferred to Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) saying that NIPOST was now looking for alternatives.
The Deputy Chairman of the Committee Rep. Abdulallhi Saidu (APC-Niger) said that he was aware of the difficulties faced by NIPOST.
He said that the Finance Act 2020 stated that, partially funded agencies like NIPOST should pay 50 per cent of their revenue into government coffers.
“For us not to be seen breaching the law, it is expected that we make an exceptional case for NIPOST, am aware you have a peculiar and difficult case, but we have a law, the Finance Act,’’ he said.
Saidu recommended that the finance committee, the supervising committee and management of NIPOST should work together, explore their networks to get NIPOST back on its feet again.
Earlier, the Registrar of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, told the committee that the board was in need of a bailout.
She said that compared to WAEC and NECO, the number of candidates who sit for NABTEB are very few and some state governments who sponsored candidates from their states are owing.
Isiugo-Abanihe said that the exams are conducted on credit for the state governments involved out of hardship and the need to encourage them and the students to take the exams.
The registrar said that monies released to run the agency was barely enough for the board to mobilise and organise examinations annually.
The chairman of the committee ruled that NABTEB should mobilise and get more candidates to take the exams to increase income while trying to recover all liabilities before the end of September.
He said that if the liabilities were not recovered, NABTEB’s account should be blocked and monies recovered and paid into government coffers.
In a related development, the committee resolved to carry out a status inquiry on the accounts of the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) The resolution followed discrepancies observed in NITDA records and records made available by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on amount remitted into government coffers by NITDA.
Postcodes implementation to boost online trade, growth–By Tolu Aiyegbusi, News Agency of Nigeria
Postcodes Implementation to unlock online trade, growth
By Tolu Aiyegbusi, News Agency of Nigeria
Reputed to be Africa’s largest economy, with over 200 million people, Nigeria is noted to have a poor addressing system that allows only few persons receive their parcels at home especially in remote areas.
The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST), has been working to advance e-commerce and improve its postal system to catch up with the changing business environment and competition posed by technological advancement.
NIPOST is now set to introduce a digital postcode system where parcels and mails are properly addressed with the right postcodes thereby raising home deliveries within the next few years.
The postal agency said the new system, apart from being more accurate than traditional street addresses, was simpler than landmark-based directions, easier to remember and communicate with online.
Nigeria’s Postmaster General, Dr Ismail Adewusi , said NIPOST was pleased to collaborate with the National Population Commission (NPC), to adopt a digital addressing solution with the huge potential to unlock opportunities.
Adewusi added that the digitalised postcode system would speed up economic activities and improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
He also said better addressing was key to NIPOST’s agenda, which aims to transform, innovate, and deliver more services to more people all over the country.
According to him, “ NIPOST was embarking on an initiative to ensure that every street has a name and every house had a recognizable number to facilitate government operations for the community towards a digital economy.
“ This will also simplify delivery of products and services from individuals and companies when the owner of the house orders.
“ The intention is to reach out to the people everywhere, in every local government and remote areas of the country.
“ Even when an individual has a problem like a fire incident, then help would be easy to implement, because of street names, house numbers and postcodes.
’’ With hundreds of parcels and couriers handled daily across the country, financial analysts say the e-commerce market is currently worth billions of dollars and there is still huge potential for growth.
Mr. Oluwatoyin Dada, A financial engineer said with improvements in infrastructure and investments in innovation around payment systems and a reliable addressing system, Postal services have a critical role in building a strong economy.
Dada added that NIPOST is equally focused on the future, and taking steps to modernise and grow their capacity and range of services in the e-commerce ecosystem.
Dada also said that the use of postcodes would reduce online fraud as there were unfaithful people who abused lack of clear addresses to commit fraud since they could not be traced.
Mr. Silvanus Tembe, who trades in clothes in Lagos is one of the many owners of online businesses that rely on day to day communication with customers in many parts of the city.
He said he has been spending a lot of money and airtime to direct a delivery person when sending a product to a destination because most customers do not have clear addresses.
“ Once postcodes are well established, a driver can deliver the product without much hassle to the home or office of the customer, hence less delivery costs,” he said.
Ms Hauwa Goro , a seller of aromatherapy products said the postcode development would simplify delivery of her products because most of her customers want it delivered to them at home.
“ Some of my customers addresses cannot be found easily making them cancel their orders and coming in person due to the nature of my products.
“ Implementing postal codes at this time will be right, that means the businesses will grow more as deliveries will become easier.
“ Delivery charges will drop, time will be saved and extra mobile costs will drop,” the businesswoman said.
She said, ”if NIPOST were to rollout digital addresses countrywide, then this would for sure help the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and boost online businesses.
” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that postal code also known as postcode refers to a group of numbers or letters which are added to a postal address to assist the purpose of sorting mails and parcels.
The new Nigerian Postal Codes are alphanumeric; web-based and can be used on Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The code of each region in Nigeria is captured in the postcode, while the second and third digits when combined with the first, make up the dispatch district for easy delivery of items.
A logistics company, SmartParcel, First Innovative Logistics Company, Africa, on Thursday said it has entered into partnership with NIPOST on innovative logistics parcel solution.
This, the company said, was to allow Nigerians to enjoy services to be provided by parcel solution provider “Smart Locker”.
Mr Benjamin Adeyemo, Co-founder of SmartParcel, said this during the inauguration of Lagos Island Smart Locker.
Adeyemo explained that innovative logistics solution was created to solve logistics and delivery challenges by providing smart lockers, positioned in strategic locations where users could send and receive their items.
“We have partnered with NIPOST to deploy these smart lockers to post offices in all 774 local government areas in Nigeria,” Adeyemo said.
He explained that the first step towards enjoying the benefits of the innovation was first download the SmartParcel app on Google PlayStore or Apple store, then sign up to get a unique locker code.
“The depositor will then use the code to deposit his or her item in the locker, then we will assign a trusted rider to pick up and deliver the item at the recipient closest or preferred SmartParcel collection centre.
“The recipient gets an instant notification after the rider drops the parcel at the SmartParcel Locker”, he said.
Adeyemo further said that the depositor would also get an alert after the parcel has been collected by the recipient, adding that businesses on Lagos Island would enjoy a maximum of 12 hours delivery service.
“With SmartParcel locker solutions users’ privacy are well protected because their details are not disclosed to everyone.
“Users of the service are always relieved whenever they pick items delivered to them through the secured SmartLocker closest them, which they can pick up at their convenience,” he said.
A business woman, Mrs Aisha Bello, while sharing her experience using the SmartParcel Locker said the logistics solution was easy to use and would make deliveries hassle-free for users.
“The worst experience that led me to SmartParcel was when my delivery man was supposed to deliver a package to a very valuable customer at a certain time but failed to do so.
“So, I downloaded the app `Smartparcelng’ and I was signed up for the service within minutes,” Bello said.
The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), has reiterated its readiness to implement the Digital Postcode system to boost the nation’s revenue generation and tackle insecurity.
The Director, Corporate Communications, NIPOST, Mr Franklin Alao, said this during a chat with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that plans were on top gear towards achieving a digital postcode system in Nigeria.
According to him, the agency will not rest until Nigerians are positively impacted with the initiative.
The Postmaster General of NIPOST, Dr Ismail Adewusi, had said a digitalised postcode system would speed up economic activities and improve the ease of doing Business in Nigeria.
According to him, the digitalisation of the postcode system will facilitate better sorting, delivery of mails and better response to emergencies by security agencies.
Alao said this would reduce crimes such as banditry, kidnapping and internet frauds.
He further said that the technology would enable entrepreneurs or private business owners to have effective interaction with their clients.
“It will also facilitate easy identification of places and seamless delivery of goods and services.
“We are not unaware of the difficulties which service providers in Nigeria face, due to lack of an efficient address system.
“With our process of enhancing the Postcode and leveraging on technology, we drew up entities in a manner that ensures every part of the country is effectively captured.
“Using a systematic framework of alpha-numeric characters from the State, Local Government Areas, Postcode Districts, Postcode Areas and Postcode Units,” he said.
Some poor and vulnerable Nigerians have receive eight backlogs Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) conducted from April 25 to May 27, in Edo, Ondo, Enugu and Kebbi states.
Rev. David Ugolor, the Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) made this known when he addressed newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
Ugolor said the four states were left out of payment since 2019 owing to technical issues.
He said the beneficiaries in Kebbi, Ondo and Edo states, who were paid backlogs covering eight months from January 2020 to August 2020, received the sum of 40,000 only.
The executive director added that the beneficiaries in Enugu State received sum of N50, 000 covering the backlogs for 10 months from January 2020 to October 2020.
“It is against this background that ANEEJ is holding this press conference to provide an update on a monitoring or spot check on payment to beneficiaries of the national cash transfer programmes conducted in four states.
“Reprieve came the way of beneficiaries of the programme in Edo, Ondo, Enugu and Kebbi states where payments have been stalled, as beneficiaries trooped out to receive their payments in designated centres across the four states.
“ The exercise started with screening of the beneficiaries on April 19, at Kokani Ward in Jaga Local Government Area of Kebbi States, while payment to the beneficiaries commenced on Monday afternoon April 25.
“A total of N1, 920, 000, 000 was disbursed to 46,780 beneficiaries across six local governments in the State,“ he said.
Ugolor said sum of N120, 544,000 was disbursed to 3, 673 beneficiaries in six local government areas across Ondo the State in April 26 at Oba-Ile Ward in Akure North Local Government Area.
He said pre-disbursement meeting was held on the April 19, in Edo State, while payment to beneficiaries began on Friday April 29, in Benin city.
According to him, a total of N360, 704,000 was disbursed to 8,705 beneficiaries in five local government areas across the state but payment was not done in Etsako Central Local Government Areas across the state.
“On May 4, payment eventually commenced at Owo Development Centre, Nkanu East LGA in Enugu State. A total of N129560, 000 was disbursed to 3,144 beneficiaries in five LGAs across the state.
“The exercise was conducted in the designated centres between May4 to May 27 in Enugu State. However, we are still reviewing data from the field with upstream data as reconciliation process is ongoing.
“We have also been notified of the online payment to beneficiaries which is currently being implemented in all the States for the completion of the disbursement of the return of 322.5 dollars Abacha loot plus the accrued interest, “ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ANEEJ and the Monitoring of Recovered Assets in Nigeria through Transparency and Accountability (MANTRA) partners were on the field to witness both the screening and the payment sessions accordingly the four States.
NAN further reports that the name of the payment Service Providers (PSP) that issued the payment in the four states was Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).