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 reached the agreement during a courtesy visit by the NIPOST management to the NCC office in Abuja.
The Post Master General, PMG, Mr. Ismail Adewuyi said the aim of the visit was for NIPOST to seek partnership, interventions and leverage on the existing relationship between the agencies.
Adewuyi appealed for the expansion of broadband penetration in the rural areas where NIPOST has an existing presence for improved access to postal services.
He said the vision of the federal government for NIPOST was to play a universal service obligation which was a mandate of the Universal Postal Union.
The Post Master also said that NIPOST was looking at ways to expand its frontiers to provide quality and accessible services.
“We are going to set up a transport and logistics company that would serve the purpose of moving mails and parcels. We will also revive NIPOST property across the country in order to add value and to ensure that the agency contributes to the nation” Adewuyi said.
He also said that one of the major areas the agency intends to optimise is the Post Office Bank which is a viable and 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 expand the capacity we have and serve the people at large in the country. In the world at large we now have many postal services that do not only send mails but auxiliary services around the globe. We also 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.
Areas of interest
In his response, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said that the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) is one area of common interest between the two agencies.
He said that the commission was making efforts to reach an amicable resolution between the banks and the telecommunications operating companies.
He noted that NCC and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN had signed an MOU to improve financial inclusion in Nigeria.
“We hope we can raise the financial inclusion penetration to 80 per cent. On the USSD issue, we need to get permission from the Minister who issued a 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 the issue so that financial inclusion penetration is not retarded through the sanction,” he said.
The EVC commended the Post Master and the management board for bringing innovations to the agency despite the challenges faced.
He advised the Postal Agency to embark on massive awareness campaigns to enlighten Nigerians about the New NIPOST and also called for continuous collaboration among agencies in the communications sector.