Federal government
has approved partial
commercialization of Nigerian
Postal Services, NIPOST,
aimed at making it a strong
corporate brand and restructure
that would compete with it’s
counterpart in the postal market
across the globe.
The Minister of
Communications, Bar. Adebayo
Shittu disclosed this while
inaugurating the Steering
Committee and the Project
Delivery Team PTD, for the
Postal Sector Reforms and the
Restructuring /Modernization
of NIPOST yesterday in
Abuja, noted that the partial
commercialization was in line
with the Second Schedule
Part 1 Section 6 of the Public
Enterprises Privatization and
Commercialization Act 1999.
Shittu however noted that
some of its services would still
reflect polices and economic
intervention from government.
The minister said the
commercialization was aimed
at introducing a regulator, the
Nigerian Postal Commission
that will ensure professional,
efficient and effective postal
services in the country.
According to him, “I am aware
that the National Assembly
was about to pass a bill on the
Nigerian Postal Commission,
which set out to establish a
regulator for the nation’s postal
sector”.
He added that, “In this regard,
government wishes to separate
what hitherto had been the
dual function of NIPOST as a
regulator and operator at the
same”.
“When passed into law,
NIPOST will concentrate on
its function as an operator
in Nigeria’ postal system in
addition to the new institution
we are trying to create.
“Hence the need for reforms
so that it can make its pitch for
a share of the now deregulated
postal market,’’ Shittu said.
According to the minister,
when the committee
completes its assignment,
this administration will
have succeeded in causing a
systematic change in postal
service delivery in the country.
“This is in line with the
Universal Postal Service
Obligations of the United Nation
which Nigeria is a signatory.’’
Shittu noted that it was
the desire of the Federal
Government to transform

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NIPOST into a strong corporate brand and
solid commercial enterprise that could
compete in the postal market
“Our aim is to implement the restructuring
and modernisation of NIPOST in a manner
that is consistent with relevant national
policies, laws and international best
practices”.
“It is also to make NIPOST to effectively run
in the post restructuring and modernisation
era by introducing commercial viability and
customer attractiveness to its operations,
while still discharging the social services
expected of a government agency.
Shittu said that the members of the
committee had been carefully selected based
on competence and professionalism.
“I, therefore, urge members of the
committee to consider this as a critical
national assignment that required unflinching
commitment and zeal.’’
Earlier, the Director-General, Bureau of
Public Enterprises, BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh
said the National Council on Privatisation
approved the setting up of the committees
on Oct, 31. Okoh said that the committee
was set up to drive the postal sector reforms,
restructuring and modernization.
He said that with the approva, the Bureau
realised that it had been saddled with a great
task that must be delivered with optimal
results, adding “it should therefore not relent
in the effective and efficient delivery expected
of it. On his part, the Post Master-General
of the Federation Bar Adebisi Adegbusi
reiterated his commitment to the reforms.
Adegbusi, represented by the Director of
Human Resources of NIPOST, Mr Bashir
Mamudu appreciated the efforts of the
Minister of Communications to transform
NIPOST. The minister of Communications
is the chairman of the Steering Committee,
while the director-general of BPE, and post
master-general of NIPOST are members.
Other members include representatives
from the office of the Vice President, Ministries
of Finance, and Justice, Labour Unions, while
Alhaji Aliyu Maigari of BPE will serve as
secretary. The PDT also has Maigari of BPE
as its chairman, while Mr Chuks Nwosu from
BPE will serve as secretary

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