NIPOST transformation trajectory: Adepoju’s giant strides-Franklin Alao
The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has started to reinvent itself through its uncommon and innovative strategies to change the narratives and reinforce its relevance in contemporary times.
In the last eleven months and following his sterling leadership style, Rt. Hon Adeyemi Sunday Adepoju, the Postmaster General of the Federation/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NIPOST, and the Management have fanned the embers of growth in the agency, therefore, exemplifying Robert Schuller’s quote which states that “Tough times don’t last; tough people do…”
Hon. Adepoju has rejuvenated the hope of Nigerians that transformation is possible and doable for NIPOST by bringing to bare his wealth of knowledge and experience in service provision, unique insight, and selflessness in less than a year.
Different from what was obtainable, Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is now visible, it is now seen and heard under the leadership of Adepoju because he has stirred up a fresh atmosphere of growth in the Country’s logistics industry.
NIPOST which is saddled with the critical responsibility of delivering postal items, hence Adepoju hit the ground running by acquiring and commissioning twenty (20) brand new high-tech-operational trucks of 3 and 4 tons, equipped with inbuilt scanners connected to impact track and trace applications. The vehicles were procured to provide effective and efficient mail delivery services to mitigate challenges associated with logistics. He also procured one hundred (100) motorbikes to ensure wide reach and enhance last-mile delivery, a feat which was last achieved in the organization in 1992 (31 years ago).
Leveraging inter-agency collaborations and partnerships, recently NIPOST and the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) successfully signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner on the transportation of Biological Samples in the Country to encourage rapid testing even in remote areas of the Country through the National Sample Integrated Referral Network (NISRN) which is adjudged as a model for developing countries.
NIPOST has also proposed a partnership with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on the need to explore the viable option of the post system for the delivery of Nigerian International Passport to citizens in the diaspora and help mitigate the constant issues of supply gap.
In line with the Federal Government’s Agenda of improved security within the Country, NIPOST, in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA), NSCDC, and other partners, has kick-started the operation of Digital Postcode and National Address Verification System (AVS) to facilitate mail handling, identify precise locations and ensure consistency in address related database.
NIPOST plays a critical role in facilitating trade through the movements of goods from place to place which is critical in contributing to the growth of the digital economy in line with the Vision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR).
Adopting forward-thinking approaches, NIPOST continues to scale unparalleled heights in the e-commerce subsector, cementing its position as a towering giant in the logistics and courier services in Nigeria with its tentacles well spread across the 774 Local Government Areas of the Country. NIPOST now stands out as the shining light in the country’s courier regulations and logistics eco-system.
In the year 2021, airlifting of international outbound mails dwindled due to indebtedness of 200 million Naira to the airlines, and mails were not lifted as at and when due. By April the same year, KLM/Air France which is our major carrier also stopped operations to all European and Asian countries. On assumption of office, Adepoju’s due to his zeal and passion for the job directed immediate settlement of the accrued debt bringing an end to delayed international mail delivery and leading to seamless operations on international mail movement.
Recently, social media was awash with the dilapidated state of the Ikoyi Post office. The Postmaster General in his penchant for growth and development renovated the Ikoyi Post Office thereby transforming it into a smart post office and a one-stop shop offering world-class postal services where citizens can access a number of e-government services.
No doubt, with the emergence of Dr. Bosun Tijani as the Honourable Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, NIPOST will continue to stand on the trajectory of transformation in line with globally acceptable standards.
Both Dr. Bosun, a renowned tech entrepreneur, and Hon. Adepoju, a service delivery expert would continue to drive the progress of NIPOST and certainly, NIPOST’s success story in the digital economy, despite its rocky and stormy history, will be the pride of the Nation and the African continent.
Alao, Director, Corporate Communications, Nigerian Postal Service writes from Abuja