THE authorities of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) have explained why they directed that the district offices of the postal agency in the federation be reduced from the present 106 to 89.
The number of the district managers will be pruned down. Also, from this month, all the staff of service should expect their salary payment from the centralized system of the Accountant General of the Federation office.
The Postmaster General of the Federation, Malam Ibrahim Mori Baba disclosed this yesterday while interacting with the staff of the service in Owerri, capital city of Imo State, during his familiarisation tour.
Baba stated that the decision which had taken effect without delay, was aimed at bringing efficiency to the system. He urged the staff of NIPOST to welcome the development, stressing that the zonal structure of the postal service would be in line with the reduction.
Accompanied by some senior officers from the national headquarters of the agency, the PG noted that the agency had commissioned the use of E-Wallet last week, which he said would enable the staff to carry less cash about according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) cashless economy policy.
On promotion, Baba said compilation was going on and stressed that those who were due for promotion would have it.
“I assure you that those due for promotion will be promoted, ” he said.
On commercialization , the PG disclosed that all the staff of the agency should see it as a very necessary innovation which would enable the agency to have more money in the system, and even obtain loans from financial institutions when desirable .
He said: “If we want better pay, we should talk about commercialization.”
Baba said he would be remembered for his insistence to put in place a functional community centre that would use Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the rural areas of the country to enable their customers access service easily.
“I want to be remembered with ensuring that all the post offices will become community centres, serving those who do not have opportunity. We want post offices to serve those that are not being served because we are in the information technology age. Community offices, I call them, will be able to provide the infrastructure in the rural areas. That is what I want to be remembered for, ” he stated.