Pantami advocates funding for NIPOST

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has  advocated for a reverse of the zero budget status of NIPOST which has been the practice for many years.

According to a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Franklin Alao, the minister who spoke at the Courier Services Forum organized by Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), said the practice  has hampered the growth of NIPOST and the postal

He said there is need for stakeholders in the Nigerian postal industry to unite and brainstorm on how to enhance efficiency in the industry in line with global best practices. The minister stated that rule making process is the first step in stakeholders’ engagement and is lacking in most government agencies.

He noted that NIPOST can brace up for similar role the United States Postal Service (USPS) played in processing of mail-in-ballot in the last general election in USA. He said his role is to promote NIPOST and make it work for the country and the citizens. Postmaster General of the Federation Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi commended the Minister for
his intervention during the uproar generated with the release of the new regulation of courier and logistics business in Nigeria.

He said the challenges and grey areas between stakeholders have been ironed out through positive engagement, while commending the Association of Nigeria Courier Operators (ANCO), Nigeria International Air Courier Association (NIACA) and MSMEs for their cooperation. 
ANCO president who spoke on behalf of the courier operators thanked the minister and the postmaster general for giving them audience during the issues concerning the licenses fees and creating an enabling environment for them to operate. 

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami (right) posed with the Post Master General of the Federation, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi shortly after the conference in Abuja. Photo- NIPOST.

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