The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) Postal Manager in Kaduna, Mrs Tabitha Tauna, says its services still exists, as advent of technology only improved the organisation’s service delivery.
The theme for the year’s World Post Day is “Together for trust, collaborating for safe and connected future”.
Speaking to newsmen at the sideline of a road show in commemoration of the day, on Monday in Kaduna, Tauna said that contrary to peoples thinking and assumptions on NIPOST existence, the organisation still existed and operated vibrantly.
She noted that some challenges which included absence of street names and numbers in some parts of Kaduna, among other problems, were surmounted with phone calls (Technology), where one could be called to describe his/her location or go to the post office for collection of item.
“With this, the mobile phone which is perceived as a technology that ousted postal services, has only made our operations easier,” she said.
Tauna also said that beyond delivery of letters and sales of stamp, NIPOST had diversified in areas of e-commerce, which also had to do with internet and mobile phones.
She said that people could order for items via online, where certainly it could not be delivered online, but had to engage human factor for delivery and made it a point of interjection with NIPOST.
The Postal Manager noted that NIPOST, which also engaged in agency services, was also the regulatory body of all logistics services.
She disclosed that the logistics regulations arm of NIPOST from Lagos would soon come to Kaduna for clamp down on illegal operators.
She called on people who were interested in operating logistics outfits to go to NIPOST for the appropriate steps, stressing that absence of such, means one is operating illegally.
She called on Kaduna residents to visit NIPOST office in the state for enquiry about their new services, while committing the organisation’s will to embark on public sensitisation on its operations, mandate and services.
Also, the Head of Operations, NIPOST, Kaduna, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, said the organisation had over the years kept to its virtue of entrustment of public confidence and parcels for delivery across the nation and the world at large.
He added that despite challenges such as the economic crunch, fuel subsidy removal and other factors, NIPOST in Kaduna has kept to its mandate of delivering peoples letters and parcels within the stipulated time of 72 hours nation wide.
“Despite the challenges, NIPOST has not relented in delivering peoples trust. NIPOST still exists, and even stronger,”Mohammed said.
Also, Mr Ibrahim Musa, the Head, Corporate Communications of NIPOST in Kaduna, said that the main significance behind the celebration of the day is to raise awareness about the postal sector.
He explained that the day was celebrated to remind everyone of the contribution of the postal sector to social and economic development.
Musa urged Nigerians to patronise NIPOST, adding that its charges were still the best in the country.
NIPOST Kaduna, which commemorated the day with a road show within the state’s metropolis, was accompanied by dance and music.
The World Post Day was established by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the second oldest international organisation worldwide.
UPU has no fewer than 192 member-countries, and it is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players.