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.
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), says it is working assidously to reposition Nigeria as the Public Private Partnership (PPP) knowledge base in Africa.This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Manji Yarling, the Acting Head, Media and Publicity, ICRC, in Abuja on Wednesday.Yarling said the Acting Director-General of the Commission, Mr Michael Ohiani, said this at the first meeting of the Nigerian Public Private Partnership Network (NPPPN).He said that the NPPPN brings together all heads of PPP at the state level under the coordination of the ICRC and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was the first in the series for 2022, with the theme: “PPP in the Health Sector”, which featured Commissioners of Health from across Nigeria.Yarling said the meeting provided a platform to share experiences and explore opportunities for scaling up PPP in healthcare across other states using NPPPN.The statement quoted Ohiani as saying “the ICRC has also been supporting Nigerian states to adopt PPP models to boost their infrastructure development”.The acting director-general commended states that were already adopting PPP models, pledging the commission’s support to all other states to develop and operationalise bankable PPP projects.“Since its establishment, ICRC has blazed the trail in establishing and institutionalising the use of PPPs in Nigeria for our economic development.“The commission has even gone beyond the federal level to now partner with the states that require guidance and capacity on how to go about the PPP processes”.Ohiani said that ICRC facilitated a World Bank sponsored APMG’s certified PPP practitioners course for 60 Nigerian government staff at the federal and state levels in addition to building PPP capacity.According to him, APM Group International is a reputable global accreditation and examination institute.“During the year, the commission will encourage global certification through the Nigeria Institute of Infrastructure and PPPs like the APMG Certified PPP Practitioner for our members until it becomes a routine process for use in Nigeria.“With our population and the available market, we are setting our sight on being the PPP knowledge base in Africa,” he said.The acting director-general who gave a breakdown of the commission’s achievements since its inception, said that as of April 25, the commission had issued a total of 105 Outline Business Case Certificates.He said that the commission had also issued 48 Full Business Case Certificates as well as secured 51 PPP approvals by the Federal Executive Council.The statement also quoted the Director-General, NGF, Asishana Okauru, represented by the Executive Director, Strategy, Dr Abdulateef Shittu, as saying, ” this meeting is part of moves to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 economic downturn.”Okauru said that the meeting underscored the fact that access to essential health services was an important aspect of development.“The COVID-19 pandemic has not only shaped the way we live and interact, but it has also exposed the fragility of our healthcare systems.“Now more than ever, we must be innovative in addressing the myriad of healthcare development challenges that we face as a nation.“While the public sector is responsible to provide key public services, the private sector is critical to harness the expertise and realise the value of state-owned resources,” he said.Okauru said that the meeting also provided an avenue for peer learning and experience sharing with commissioners for Health from states sharing knowledge and experiences in preparing and executing bankable healthcare PPP projects.The statement noted the high points of the meeting including the presentation by representatives of Kaduna and Yobe states of PPP projects being implemented in the health sector of their respective states.Dr Amina Baloni, Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, informed the forum that the state was already implementing two PPP projects in the health sector called Zipline and PMG MAN.Baloni explained that Zipline is a logistics network of autonomous delivery drones to improve access and availability of routine emergency medicine to health facilities.According to him, the project comprises 30 drones that can serve more than 1,000 health facilities.For PMG MAN, the commissioner said that the PPP project was conceived by the government to ensure the supply of quality, affordable and essential drug medicines to citizens through PMG-MAN local Pharmaceutical companies.She said that since the implementation of the project, the fill rate of orders by health facilities had grown to 76.85 per cent from 38.41 per cent, while shelf availability of essential medicines in pharmacies had also increased.The commissioner said that the state government was already looking to concession a 300-bed hospital, while also seeking opportunities in certain services including dialysis, radio imaging, laboratory and supply chain, among others.(NAN)
The Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, has signed a partnership with the Egyptian company, e-Gate Egypt, on the digital transformation of logistics and last-mile delivery chain services.
Post Director General PMG NIPOST Dr. Ismail Adewusi said this in Abuja on Monday when e-gate Egypt CEO Essam Alsaghir visited NIPOST headquarters to consummate the partnership.
Last-mile delivery is the movement of goods from the warehouse, the shelf, or the transportation hub to their final delivery destination or the customer's door, professionally known as "the last mile."
Adewusi, who said the partnership would help address infrastructure gaps at the agency, added that it would also help job creation.
According to the PMG`, the digital transformation of mail implies that from one end to the other, the customer can track the movement of his mail and his packages.
“I think this is an area where we have really lacked some form of competitive advantage.
"The signing of this agreement will also help us contribute to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration of lifting 100 million people out of poverty in the next 10 years."
He said that with the agreement, NIPOST could involve many young people, thus increasing job opportunities in the country.
Mr. Alsaghir, explaining the importance of the agreement, said that the digital transformation of NIPOST's operations would fundamentally change the way postal services are delivered in Nigeria.
“When the agreement is implemented, the entire mail delivery system will be automated through the controller's mobile app. Customers can track the movement of their packages through a mobile application.
"Our partnership with NIPOST will provide our customers with new technology and mobile application for a safe, easy and fast way to reach their customers not only for the postal service but for other transactions," said Mr. Alsaghir.
In addition, he said that the association would help generate money-making opportunities for many Nigerians, particularly young people.
“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 the private company, ”he said.
The framework agreement aims to enable the Pan African Postal Union, PAPU and stakeholders to explore and execute business opportunities for registered communications and digital postal services.
By Tolu Aiyegbusi
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, said the Federal Government would soon unveil policies to unbundle the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST).
Pantami stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the unveiling ceremony of NIPOST revenue stamp.
The Minister described NIPOST as one of the most important institutions of government, adding that policies that would transform its operations and make it innovative would soon be unveiled.
“ We have so many policies of transforming NIPOST in the pipeline and part of it will unbundle NIPOST.
“We also have the ACT of NIPOST going into amendment.
“ We have a plan with a property and development company, the company will bring together all the properties of NIPOST, develop them and make sure that the government generates revenue from them.
“ All generated revenue will go into developing sectors like health, education, agriculture, security and other social developments,’’ he said.
He disclosed that other aspects of NIPOST unbundling to take place before end of the year include NIPOST transport and logistics, courier services and microfinance bank.
Pantami who was hopeful of NIPOST becoming a world class outfit praised stakeholders for their unrelenting efforts in remodeling and recording modest achievements recently.
The Postmaster General (PMG) of NIPOST, Dr Ismail Adewusi, earlier stated that over the years, Nigeria’s history had been documented through stamps.
“ Through stamps, NIPOST has documented Nigeria’s history, educating and preserving our national heritage among others.
“Stamps have served as objects of visual communication and dependable recorder of events for prosperity, ” he said.
Going down memory lane, the PMG said revenue stamps were first issued when the Niger coast and southern Nigerian protectorates merged into the colony and protectorate of Nigeria in 1938.
According to him, after the time of the merger, series of rare revenue stamps were produced.
However, he urged the public to avail themselves the new revenue stamps for the authentication and validation of documents and denotation of duties or fees.
“ We have about 25 million copies of the stamp unveiled today for sale at the rate of N50 each and it is available for sale in all our postal outfits nationwide.
“ We are hopeful it will be sold out in the next two weeks and then we commence reproduction,’’ he said.
In her remarks, the chairman, NIPOST Governing Board, Maimuna Abubakar, said the unveiling of stamps marked a milestone in the effort towards institutionalising a culture of excellence in NIPOST public service delivery.
According to her, NIPOST is back to its legal position of administration of stamps and effectively contributing to the socio economic development of Nigeria.
“ We are thankful with the signing into law of the amended Finance Act 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“ There is no need over stating the obvious that NIPOST stamps have been unquestionably used since time immemorial as the only instrument for denoting duty and today’s event is a testament.
“ I strongly believe that NIPOST can thrive on revenue generation, considering the massive network, infrastructure and opportunities around it,’’ she said. (NAN)
The Post Master General (PMG) of Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST), Dr Ismail Adewusi, has urged District Postal Managers (DPMs) to help government drive sustainable development goals.
Adewusi gave the charge while addressing the DPM’s at a 2-day interactive meeting between the PMG and DPM’s in Abuja.
The PMG said that the DPMs should see themselves as agents of change of the new NIPOST and urged them to have a drive toward the expectation of postal service in Nigeria.
He stressed the need for a new NIPOST that would provide quality service in line with best global practices, an agency that would help the government drive sustainable development goals.
He noted that his first meeting with the DPMs since assumption of duty recently was to take stock of their performances since they embarked on a transformation agenda.
“The focus of this gathering is to review performance and operational procedure.
“Exchange ideas on improving operational efficiency using the right working tools
“Fashion out other businesses NIPOST can embark on,’’ he said.
He disclosed that NIPOST under his watch would try and provide the right working tools to upgrade their ways of doing business due to the advent of information and communication technology (ICT).
He added that the global economy was changing and this must be integrated in NIPOST and urged all the participants to be part of the transformation.
He called on all the DPMs to embrace discipline, honesty and sincerity of purpose to improve the image of NIPOST which had been a butt of public criticism in times past due to sharp practices.
Adewusi also lamented the poor conditions of service of NIPOST staff members and said an increase in its generated revenue could help address the issue if they could work hard in increasing its revenue.
He said he was hopeful that at the end of the meeting NIPOST workers would see themselves as change agents who would help in restructuring the postal service in Nigeria.
Similarly, the Chief Operating officer (COO) of NIPOST, Mrs Nwakama Lauretta, while addressing the DPMs expressed gladness at the gathering which afforded the opportunity to discuss issues of great importance.
She urged the participants to come up with ways of blocking revenue leakages and other ways of partnership that could help boost NIPOST’s revenues.
She also urged participants to reach out to existing subscribers and encourage them to renew their subscriptions regularly.
“ Private Mail bags (PMB) and Post Office Boxes are one major source of revenue of NIPOST, the supervisors in mail offices should reach out to owners of PMB’s for evacuation and renewal of subscriptions regularly.
She called on the poorly performing zones to work harder and directed those giving NIPOST a negative image to desist.
“Go back to your district offices and work on improving service delivery.
“Poor service delivery has given NIPOST a negative stigma and led to loss of revenue; acts of negligence from supervisors and offenders would no longer be tolerated.
“It is sad to note that some of you have carried on business as usual and businesses that are very unusual; this ugly trend must stop,’’ she said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on an e-fulfillment centre for e-services, e-commerce, e-governance and e-agriculture.
The two organisations agreed on this during a courtesy visit by the NIPOST management to the NCC’s headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Post Master General (PMG) Mr Ismail Adewuyi, informed that the reason for the visit was for NIPOST to seek partnership, interventions and to also tap from the synergies that existed between the two agencies.
Adewuyi appealed for collaborative efforts in the area of expanding broadband penetration, particularly in the rural communities, where the NIPOST had existing presence in order to improve and ease their duties.
He explained that the vision for the Federal Government to NIPOST was to ensure that the agency continued to play universal service obligation, which was a mandate of the universal postal union.
He said that NIPOST was looking at setting up a transport and logistics company that would serve the purpose of moving mails, parcels and to leverage on its properties within the country in order to add value and to ensure that the agency contributed to the nation.
The PMG further said that one of the major areas NIPOST wanted to optimise was the post office bank, which he said was a big business, adding that it was an active government financial inclusion strategy that would boost the economy of the country.
“In Nigeria we are still largely under banked especially in the rural communities where we have post office reach. We want to take many out of poverty.
“We want to contract the excess capacity we have and service the people at large in the country.
“In the world at large we now have many postal services not only sending mails but auxiliary services around the globe.
“We want to find a way to tap into the symbiotic relationship that we all have in common as a parastatal agency under the ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
“For us, our agency is going through a lot of transformation at this point so there cannot be any better time to seek for this kind of partnership than now,” he said.
In his response, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, mentioned an area of common interest between the two agencies, which had to do with the issue of the
Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).
He said that the commission was making efforts to reach amicable resolution between the banks and the telecommunications operating companies.
He noted that the commission signed an MOU with the CBN in order to reduce the number of Nigerians excluded from joint financial services to only 20 per cent.
Danbatta called for more awareness of campaign to educate Nigerians about the new NIPOST and also called for continuous collaboration among agencies under communications.
He expressed concern about the difficulties that NIPOST went through and commended the PMG and the management board for bringing innovations to the agency.
“We hope we can raise the financial inclusion penetration to 80 per cent. It is about 60 per cent at the moment.
“On the USSD issue, we need to get permission from the Minister who issued that important pronouncement on behalf of the government that the USSD service should be suspended.
“We have written to the Minister making a very strong and convincing statement to revisit so that financial inclusion penetration is not retarded through the sanction,” he said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
The newly-appointed Postmaster General (PMG) of the Federation/CEO, Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Dr Ismail Adewusi, has promised to plug all revenue leakages in the organisation for effective service delivery.Adewusi made the promise while addressing the staff members when he assumed duty at the Corporate Headquarters of NIPOST in Abuja, a statement issued by NIPOST’s General Manager, communications, Mr Franklyn Alao, said on Thursday.According to Alao the new PMG held a maiden Management and staff meeting with members of the organisation on Dec. 31, where he made known his intention to properly harness the resources available to NIPOST. He also promised to create an impact in the first 100 days of his assumption of office.He stated that the PMG harped on the directives of the federal government and promised to find solutions to the problems associated with the use of Point of Sale (POS) machines in transactions.”It is important to implement the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy’s directives on the use of POS for all transactions across Post Offices in Nigeria in order to block revenue leakages, ” he said. He promised to address the enormous challenges of infrastructural decay and low staff morale due to poor staff welfare bedeviling the organisation.The statement noted that the PMG was appointed on Dec. 24, 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, who had served the organisation since August 2016.Alao said that members of staff took turns to assure the Postmaster General of maximum cooperation and promised to put all hands on deck in moving NIPOST forward.NAN reports that Adewusi is a trained Economist from Keio University, Tokyo. He is a former banker and a former finance commissioner in Lagos state.Edited by: Zainab Garba/Donald Ugwu
Adegbuyi said this at the 2015 NIPOST Merit Awards Ceremony held at its headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said that the new NIPOST was being repositioned to effectively replicate the modern technology in postal services.
He said that technology was the order of the day, adding that utilising it was the only way an organisation would meet its mandate in today’s world.
“The Nigerian postal service is to embark on series of innovative programmes, deploy technologies and try to mobilise staff and motivate them in conjunction with our technical partners, the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
“Naturally, when you deploy innovative technology, it improves your operational efficiency. We are currently talking to experts on how to reduce current expenditure on the content of budget for the Nigerian postal service.
“We will also very soon deploy technologies that will help us sell our stamps electronically and having a backing technology that will track all that we are selling,’’ he said.
Adegbuyi called on members of staff to make use of the technology at their disposal for better results in their schedules.
Speaking on the merit awards, he said that there was need to appreciate colleagues that had demonstrated commitment in their various fields of endeavour.
He noted that hard work had its reward and therefore called on others that did not receive any award to emulate the winners by proving their mettle.
“I want to congratulate all the award winners on behalf of myself and the staff of NIPOST and show our token appreciation to you for a job well done.
“I hope these will spur you to greater commitment to duty and performance; I also hope that this will encourage others to do their best in order to shine next time.
“Above all, even if management is not able to identify your good work, God, who knows and sees all things, will reward you appropriately,’’ he said.
He said that after 14 years of holding the award, it was time to review the process of selection to reinvigorate it and ensure that clear winners emerged without ambiguity.
The 2015 edition had Mr Gankong Ramond as the best clerk of the year, among others.
Edited by: Grace Yussuf