By Na’ankwat Dariem
The Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr. Isa Pantami has directed the Post Master General, Bisi Adegbuyi to with immediate effect, suspend all existing cash payment plans within its establishments across the country.
The Minister stated that this came as a result of discovery that “some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST), to engage in corrupt practices,” he said.
Dr. Pantami, in a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Mrs.Uwa Suleiman noted that, this was in line with the anti corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The Minister also urged the NIPOST to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately.
He therefore called on the general public and all customers of NIPOST and encouraged them to insist on Point of Sales (PoS) or bank teller transactions, when conducting business with NIPOST.
This directive is a temporary measure in the interim to tackle corruption, ‘’as we are currently working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge,” he said.
Dr Pantami also directs the Post Master General, to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers.
“The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls,” he said.
Patami however reitiaterated the committment of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in protecting the rights of all Nigerians and would not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch.