Senate calls for reforms in NIPOST, proposes creation of Nigerian Postal Commission.

The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, today 5th April, 2016 at the Upper chamber of the National Assembly led the debate on a Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Postal Service Act and to enact the Nigerian Postal Commission and other related matters 2017, which he sponsored.

He stated that the Bill when passed into law will establish the Nigerian Postal Commission whose sole purpose will be the regulation and supervision of the postal sector, facilitate investments in and entry into the Nigerian Market, introduce private sector participation in the provision of postal services, promote and protect the interest of consumers against unfair practices amongst so many other things.

Ashafa reminded his colleagues that the legislation currently guiding the affairs of NIPOST, the Nigerian Postal Service Act was promulgated over 20 years ago in 1992. He pointed out that “You may all agree that the current trends in globalisation, digital advancement in all facets of life has been on the fast lane. Thus, the need to keep up with the changing technological trend for the benefit of the nation.”

The Bill will ensure that the Nigeria Postal Service Commission has a proper and robust Legislative Framework in order to open the Commission up to providing bespoke services in line with international best practice.

While underscoring the importance of the Bill, several distinguished senators lent their voice in support of its passage. On his part, Senator Mallam Ali Wakili recalled that he had moved a motion seeking for the reform of the Nigerian Postal Service sometime in 2016. He stated that considering the vast assets base and the economic opportunities that abound in the Sector, the time had come for legislative reform.

Senators Albert Bassey and Stella Oduah also supported the Bill stating that the time had come to re-position NIPOST to meet contemporary international best practices. While Senator Dino Melaye commended the intellectual sagacity” of the sponsor of the Bill, noting that the Bill came at the right time when there seems to be a fresh burst of reforms going on at the Nigerian Postal Service by its new management.

The Bill ultimately passed through the second reading and was referred to the Senate Committee on Communications for further deliberations.

NIPOST generated N8.84 billion revenue in 2016

The Nigerian Postal Service, NPS, earned a total sum of N8.84 billion as revenue in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics, NSE, has said.

According to a report released by the bureau titled “Annual Postal Services Data 2016”, Stamp Duty generated the highest amount of revenue of N4.09 billion, representing about 46.34 percent of the total
revenue generated in the year.

The report stated further that EMS/Speed Post and Parcel clearance/delivery fee followed closely with N1.36 billion and N726.85 million revenues generated, representing 15.38 percent and 8.23 percent of the total revenue generated respectively.

It added that international mail income also accounted for N715.73 million, representing 8.10 percent of revenue generated in the year under review.

The bureau stated further that the agency handled a total of 33,683,640 mails domestically and internationally in 2016.

The NBS said that 21,057,137 mails, which represent about 63 percent of the total mails, were handled locally while 7,689,093 mails which represent about 23 percent of the total mails were dispatched abroad.

The report also added that 4,937,410 mails which represent about 15 percent of the total mails were received from abroad and delivered in Nigeria.


Source: Premium Times

I’ll re-position NIPOST for better performance – Postmaster General

The Postmaster General of the Nigeria Postal Service, NIPOST, Mr. Bisi Adegbuyi has said that the organization would be re-positioned to ensure better performance and be in a position to compete effectively.

Addressing NIPOST workers in Anambra Territory at its headquarters in Awka, Adegbuyi, who was on a familiarization tour of the area, said he has set machinery in motion to put NIPOST in a position where its services would compare with similar organizations in the world.

He said that one of the problems hindering the performance of NIPOST was financial leakages, assuring that he would do everything humanly possible to block the leakages in line with the zero tolerance for corruption of the Buhari administration.

Adegbuyi said: “I came in at a time the ship of NIPOST was drifting. There must be complete turn-around in the establishment and mine is to show the right way. We will reposition NIPOST and the starting point is to find the right path in which the right staff are put in the right places.

“I have gone round many NIPOST offices in the country and the problems are the same. We therefore have to start from ground zero because my objective is to move NIPOST to a position where the workers, the stakeholders and those we serve must be happy.

“One of the greatest problems we have is that the money we need is going into leakages and we have to block these leakages and plough the money back into the system to improve our services. Once our revenue improves, every worker in NIPOST will be happy.”

He said that he had already visited the National Salaries and Wages Commission for the purpose of reviewing workers’ salaries and payment of promotion arrears, advising the workers to change their attitude to work so that the country could have the kind of NIPOST it desired.

NIPOST Revokes 12 Courier Licences, Seals 4 Operators.

The Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) yesterday in Lagos, announced the revocation of 12 courier licences, for various offencses ranging from non-renewal of operational licences, to sundry unethical practices.


CRD also clamped down on four other courier companies operating in Lagos without licence.


The affected operators have over the years, engaged in unethical practices that have deprived government of huge revenue and they have also put the courier business as risk as they indulge in unethical practices.


Announcing the action of government shortly after the clampdown, the Assistant Postmaster General and Head of CRD, Dr. Simon Emeje, said the move to revoke the licences of the 12 operators and the sealing of offices of another four courier companies in Lagos became necessary in order to sanitise the courier industry of illegality that often affect genuine businesses in the courier industry.


The 12 operators whose licences were revoked, were hitherto operating courier business in different parts of the country. They include AM Express; AMC&C Express; Bems Courier; Danzas Express; ESPN Logistics; Fenway Courier and IAS Express. Others are Team United Express; Time Courier; Vitesse Courier; Wadoye Express and Worldwide Premier Logistics Solution.


The four courier operators whose offices were sealed in Lagos include BD Logistics, located on Point Road in Apapa; 12 Baskets Foods Limited, located in Sura Shopping Complex on Lagos Island; E-Top Nigeria Limited, located in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi; and Nuli Juice Delivery, located in Obalende, Lagos.

Items such as motorcycles, weigh bills, and delivery invoice were seized from the operators as evidence to prove that they operate courier business in Nigeria, yet they do not have the licence to operate.


While advising all licensed courier operators to ensure proper branding of their motorcycles for their dispatch riders, Emeje also advised the general public to desist from doing business with the courier operators whose licences have been revoked, and whose offices have been sealed. He said the sealed offices would be reopened for business, after they must have regularised their operations.


We used our surveillance team to detect unregistered courier operators and we go after them to track them because they constitute nuisance in the industry by indulging in sharp practices because they know full well that their customers cannot trace them when they are duped,” Emeje said.


He added that most of the unregistered operators use fictitious addresses in order to escape easily after carrying out their dubious businesses.


Emeje also said most of the unregistered operators secure contracts to deliver items and end up not delivering the items after collecting huge amount of money from the customer to deliver the courier items.


He assured Nigerians and all licensed courier operators of the determination of the CRD team to sanitise the courier industry and make it more attractive to customers and investors.


At the point of revocation of the 12 licences, Nigeria had 290 registered courier operators, bringing the total number of licensed courier operator to 278 after the revocation.

Mass Sack Imminent In NIPOST Over Reforms- Report

A radical reform of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in which many of its staff may lose their jobs will soon begin.
But the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said that there would not BE any retrenchment in the NIPOST, “at least, for now”.

A top federal government official said in Abuja, yesterday, that the new Postal Master General (PMG), Asiwaju Bisi Adegbuyi, had been given directive to reduce, at least, 1000 workers from the agency’s workforce.
NIPOST has a workforce of about 10, 500 and 2, 500 post offices and postal agencies across the country.
The official, who pleaded anonymity because he was not cleared by his superiors to speak on the matter, said that staffers who had put in 30 years, or close to that, in service, and those working in inactive NIPOST post offices would be largely affected.
“We are looking at some of them who are already old and have put in up to 30 years, or close to that, and some of them who are at the offices which are inactive,” the source said.

“At least, a thousand of them may be affected for now, but government would pay them all their entitlement as they exit. It is a reform government must embark upon to bring NIPOST back to real business.”
However, Shittu denied that  the government would sack NIPOST staff, saying: “There is nothing like that, at least, for now”.
The minister, who spoke through his media aide, Victor Oluwadamilare, said: “We are not aware of that. Whoever told you may not be telling you the truth. A number of reforms will take place there but I don’t think the government is thinking of sacking any staff.”

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Buhari Appoints New Post Master General Of NIPOST

Asiwaju Bisi Adegbuyi has been appointed as the new Post Master General/Chief Executive Office of Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST).

His appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was contained in a terse statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director, Press, of the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal.

Adegbuyi, was the Deputy Director- General of Governor Ibikunle Amosun Campaign Organisation in the last general elections.


He is a legal practitioner, human rights activists and was also an Action Congress (AC) Ogun East senatorial candidate.

Recall that Mallam Ibrahim Mori Baba retired as the post master general of NIPOST in August last year. He has handed over to the deputy postmaster general (engineering and technical) Architect Enoch Ade Ogun, who is the most senior official in the postal agency.

In June, the President of the Senior Staff Association of NIPOST, Comrade Gabriel Imafidon, complained that the non-appointment of a substantive PMG had become a thing of concern.

According to him since the retirement of Baba, no serious decisions had been taken, although government had on two occasions made appointments in acting capacity.

NIPOST Workers Reject Buhari’s Appointment Of Post-Master General

Though it seems no longer a factor in the daily life of Nigerians, there is still something coming out of it. The 12,000-strong workforce at the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), are warming up for a confrontation with President.

Muhammadu Buhari on his decision to throw open the appointment of a new PostMaster General for the Federation. The office became vacant last month when Alhaji Ibrahim Mori Baba retired after eight years in the saddle. The most senior director or deputy post-master general, DPMG, Arch. Enoch Ade Ogun had stepped in as acting PMG.

Although there are other six other DPMG’s and no fewer than 45 senior assistant postmasters general, the Ministry of Communication Technology, according to informed sources, has obtained President Buhari’s consent to advertise the position of a substantive PMG.

The Senor Staff Union is worried that the decision to open the door to all-comers is a ploy to scheme out the top managers of NIPOST in favour of an outsider who may reverse all the gains made by the establishment in recent years. Top in consideration is the new impetus to boost revenue generation through the strict enforcement of the Stamp Duties Act, a scheme that is capable of earning an excess of N3 trillion for the Federal Government in a year. “The drive for improved revenue in fact is part of NIPOST’s financial inclusion plan and strategic co-operation with the Central Bank of Nigeria,” a director in the Ministry of Communication Technology disclosed.

The plan is designed to re-position the Service in line with the challenges posed by ICT and increasing global competition. Indeed, the former PMG, Baba Mori at his valedictory had noted that NIPOST adopted new technologies for its operations with the advent of ICT. He also disclosed that 70 per cent of post offices across the country had been equipped with ICT facilities.

Confidential sources also hinted that Baba Mori had actually recommended that his successor be picked from among the crop of well-trained top managers he left behind. Besides the possible distortion of the succession plan that is the tradition at NIPOST, workers are also apprehensive that Nigeria’s status may nose dive at the Universal Postal Union if an outsider is appointed the PMG. “A new head at NIPOST will require about four years to learn the norm and to understand the workings of the global body,” a management consultant said yesterday.

Analysts yesterday said the President must avoid generating another political ‘bad blood’ by unwittingly sidelining other ethnic groups in the appointment of new heads of government agencies. “The uproar on the recent high-brow appointments that seemingly favoured one ethnic group is yet to die down. President Buhari must not do anything to suggest that he does not want to confirm a Yoruba man as the next PMG.

After all northerners have held the post since 2005 till now,” a member of Afenifere Young leaders, Adewale Olaposi, told journalists yesterday. It would recalled that late Abubakar Argungu occupied the seat between 2005 and was succeeded by Baba Mori, both from Kebbi State.

Meanwhile, the staff union had dispatched a letter to the President warning against the move. The letter signed by President, Senior Staff Association Of Communication, Transport And Corporations (NIPOST Chapter), Mr. Gabriel Imafidon, and dated September 10 reads: “We believe that President Muhammadu Buhari has been misadvised to approve that the position of the PMG be advertised and thrown open to all comers.

He must have been misinformed on the operations of NIPOST. If new chief executives for NNPC, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigerian Communication Commission were appointed without advertisement, why must the case of NIPOST must be different? “The plan to advertise the position of the PMG is unacceptable to us.

The law empowers the President to exercise his powers to appoint the PMG. By advertising that position, the President is ceding his authority to another person or a group of persons to think on his behalf. That is unhealthy for NIPOST owing to its peculiarities.

In any case, this has never happened at NIPOST because of the intricacies in its operations. “We plead that the President should drop this idea and work with the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the Postal Reform Bill. This is the real impetus needed by our workers to achieve a complete turn-around of NIPOST.

The re-positioning of the agency began a few years ago and all indices indicate that the workforce have demonstrated a concerted effort to move NIPOST up.

I can say with all confidence that there are positive signs because we have talented and committed people. At today’s NIPOST, we have a crop of staff literally standing on their toes, thinking out how to ensure its survival and match the challenges posed by exploding Information and Communication Technology.

And I say that if the Postal Industry can survive in the United States of America with all available technology, it will survive in Nigeria because we have the population to sustain postal business. “For instance, NIPOST revenue last year was in excess of N5 billion.

On Stamp Duty alone we made N870 million in 2013, rising to N1.03 billion in 2014. Once the Postal Reform Bill becomes law, we can hit N3 trillion a year on revenue from Stamp Duty alone. “Bringing an outsider to NIPOST will dampen staff morale; an outsider will struggle for some time to understand the intricacies of the job and the challenges of the system, local and international. “We urge Mr. President to shun the wrong advice of looking outside for a new PMG”.