In tandem with the world postal day, the government postal agency, the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) rejigs its operation with the launch of the electronic money order by the Postmaster General. In a move which has been necessitated by the agencies bid to key into the evolving trend and ICT driven economy, especially in the area of electronic payment and transaction. This launch is assumed to reposition the NIPOST as the carrier of choice for Nigerians wishing to do their shopping on-line.
This launch is coming at a time NIPOST it’s loosing it’s grip in the country’s postal space. This worrying trend that has called for a total restructure of the agency. NIPOST is keen to reposition itself as a reputable and efficient organization, how they would do this… time would tell. As it stands now, the private courier firms call the shots, making NIPOST an onlooker, surviving on Government handouts.
NIPOST seems to be “the last man standing” though staggering. Having other agencies like Nigerian Airways, NITEL has gone under, NIPOST is fighting for a way back to the hearts of Nigerians and the agency seems to be doing that strategically. Having fallen out of favour from Nigeria on many fronts. The Advent of Internet other technology, forms, which includes email, fax, instant messaging and Skype calls with high adoption of penetration. This situation has made many Nigerians to opt for technology to have their messages delivered instead of waiting for the snail mail which Nipost offers. Who writes letters again? That is the question.
But, all hopes are not yet lost, but the fact still remains that NIPOST as an agency of government slept when the industry was evolving. A situation that made the regulator ,relegated. With lack of innovations ,the agency has left market shares to private courier firms , losing ground to private courier service firms.
The issue of pilfering and tampering of cargoes and packages has been identified as one of the greatest endings of the agency. This has made the agency’s customers to look elsewhere for reliable couriers. Nigerians are of the hope that with the ongoing restructure and repositioning of the NIPOST, the issue of pilfering would be a thing of past or minimised.
As the world celebrates today as “World Post Day” the need to understand the role post and courier services have played in the society is important. Though, in many countries, the post still functions, but technology has taken over. Bringing the celebration home, the Nigerian postal space which is being overseen by the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) seems to be slumbering in their duties to ensure a vibrant post industry. With this launch, it is hoped that the agency would bounce back to relevancy .
“There is erosion of public confidence in the country’s postal system on account of the inability of the public postal operator (NIPOST) to deliver on virtually all statutory obligations including basic and core postal services”, The Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Gilbert Nnaji.
ABOUT WORLD POST DAY
According to United Nation ,World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.
In 2015 countries all over the world committed themselves to working together towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end extreme poverty and hunger, fight inequality and injustice, and take action to reverse climate change–to name just some of these 17 agreed new Goals. Playing its part in this global effort, the Post today has a more relevant role than ever by providing infrastructure for development.
ANTHONY EMEKA NWOSU
NIPOST seems to be “the last man standing” though staggering. Having other agencies like Nigerian Airways, NITEL has gone under, NIPOST is fighting for a way back to the hearts of Nigerians and the agency seems to be doing that strategically. Having fallen out of favour from Nigeria on many fronts. The Advent of Internet other technology, forms, which includes email, fax, instant messaging and Skype calls with high adoption of penetration.