The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) on Thursday launched its e-Debit Card, Agency Banking Platform and 27 cargo logistic vehicles to improve its service delivery nationwide.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami while launching the innovations, said it is in line with the administration’s target to achieve a digital economy.
Pantami said some of these innovations are new in the history of NIPOST and will go a long way in promoting and developing our economy in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the Minister said the innovations will also help the government in improving transparency and fighting corruption.
Commenting on the e-debit card, the Minister said “It is the first of its kind in Nigeria because it works offline and online, and it is the first time that NIPOST comes us with a solution similar to this and it is indeed a multipurpose card for financial transaction, conditional cash transfer, payment of bills and many more.
“This is commendable and in alignment with our digital economy for achieving a digital Nigeria. Our target in this country by 2030 is to be completely digitalised”.
He said the NIPOST Banking Platform will allow NIPOST to conduct financial transactions with most importantly, Universal Postal Union (UPU) member countries.
“It is another innovative solution that will make our banking system much easier, and this is also in alignment with our proposal to come up with NIPOST Micro Finance Bank.
“So, this is just like a pilot program of another subsidiary of NIPOST that will come up soon, that is the NIPOST Micro Finance Bank in which we are to leverage on the existing infrastructure of NIPOST and make sure that our citizens all over the country as long as they have access to the post office, they will be able to conduct their financial transactions.
“The third to be commissioned today is the NIPOST Logistics Vehicles; this is also commendable, as the Postmaster General informed us, that initially, mails comprise 90 per cent of NIPOST activities, while cargo comprises not more than 10 per cent.
“But as it is today, the reverse is the case, 10 per cent became the 90 per cent while the 90 per cent became 10 per cent. Email, WhatsApp and other means of communications have displaced letter writing, it becomes difficult for you to sit down and write a letter”, he added.
The Postmaster General of the Federation, Dr Ismail Adewusi said the launching marks another milestone in NIPOST efforts to reposition the Post in Nigeria in line with the current digital transformation initiatives of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The launching of the 27 new trucks today for conveyance of logistics and e-commerce products, by the Minister is aimed at strengthening that vision and once again reinforcing the hopes of Nigerians in the capacity of the nation’s Postal service to live up to its responsibilities amidst the emerging threats of the digital era.
- “I wish to remind us all of the need to ensure maximum utilization of the services and the values that the new NIPOST electronic card has brought to our doorsteps and I recommend it for both private and business. I equally recommend that all take advantage of the unique offerings by our e-Commerce and logistics venture for local and globe needs”, he noted.(Nigerian Tribune)