The Federal Government has unveiled plans to turn the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) into a mega conglomerate offering services in E-Commerce, E-Learning/Library Services and issuance of the Nigerian Passport and Drivers License among other security documents. The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, gave this hint when the Acting Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Dr. Vincent Akpotaire, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja last week. A statement by the Head, Public Communications of the Bureau, Alex Okoh, quoted the minister as saying that to achieve the objective, government was planning to constitute a technical committee to proffer solutions to the issues militating against the Nigerian Postal Sector and present a policy direction to harness the economic potentials of NIPOST.
While acknowledging the significance of reforms for the communication sector and the key role of BPE in sector reforms, Shittu said the Bureau would be included on the committee.
He expressed optimism that an all inclusive participation of all stakeholders would steer NIPOST towards the desired direction to harness its commercial potentials.
On the Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), the Minister asked the Bureau to carry out a research and come out with the best option to either commercialise or privatise the company as findings have revealed that it was under patronised because it has only one signal. In his response, the Acting BPE boss, noted the yet untapped potentials of NIPOST, adding that though in a state of comatose now, NIPOST still has sufficient assets to generate economic and commercial services.
He said that in view of the Central Bank of National Financial Inclusion Strategy, NIPOST could kick off skeletal services within the scope of the resources set aside by the CBN and that through the vast postal network available to NIPOST; it is equipped to deliver financial services to remote areas currently excluded by financial institutions. To facilitate the process, Akpotaire said that the Bureau would present a comprehensive proposal that would serve as a platform to drive the required sector reforms to the Minister within a week.