By:; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of NIPOST, Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi on Tuesday said Federal government has awarded the contract for cash transfer of N5,000 to the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) under the present administration’s social welfare package to most vulnerable poor in the society .
Barrister Adegbuyi who disclosed this in Oyo town while speaking at the occasion of 2018 World Post Day celebration said under the new contract, NIPOST is expected to dispense the N5000 cash to the poor in three states namely, Nasarawa, Benue and Anambra .
According to the Postmaster General, NIPOST was able to win the contract as a result of its innovative programme and use of technology to advance its services to the people across the country.
“For instance, the National Cash Transfer Office which caters for the vulnerable, the poor in the society has awarded NIPOST the job to transfer cash to the poor . They give them N5000, every month, and because NIPOST has transformed and leveraging on technology , we were awarded the cash disposal of N5000 in Benue, Nasarawa and Anambra”, he said.
Barrister Adegbuyi added, “who are we serving , we are serving the poor the post office is ready to deliver the goods to bring happiness .” and that NIPOST in its transformation drive has commenced financial services and e-banking to bring financial services to the rural people across the country.
“Why we are here today is to flag off our agency banking in partnership with Wema bank and Keystone bank. What is agency banking? It is aimed at bringing basic financial services to the people in semi urban areas and rural area. The financially excluded, the un-banked , the under- bank. They have been estimated to be around 41 percent of adults in Nigeria “
The Post Master General said,”it is also in line with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations . Governance is not for the rich but for the poor who live in the rural areas . Our people , artisans, women, men, laborers and others should have access to basic financial banking services.”.
“We are here to demonstrate to Nigerians that NIPOST has moved beyond mere letter delivery . We are going to financial services, you members of the press have seen it when we demonstrated account opening procedure where you can paid in deposit , you can do withdraw, how you can pay utility bills ,Waec, NECO .We also demonstrated that our E-money is ready. We must leverage on technology that trendy everywhere, that is enabling Post Offices who are ready to subscribe to 21st century postal administration. We are just flagging it off . This is the first location , we will move from one location to the other . Nigeria is a massive country with 180million people . Its a gradual process,”.
The Postmaster General stressed that the President Mohammadu Buhari led administration has embarked on people oriented programme to improve the social welfare of the vulnerable poor in the country.
On the 2018 World Post Day with the theme ” The Post: Delivering good to the world” he maintained that ” Its not just a question of NIPOST alone, World Post Day is celebrated in 192 countries that belong to Universal Postal Union to bring to the fore the achievement of Post in the past year the agenda they have set for them in terms of renovation and all the likes.”
The 2018 World Post Day celebration was attended by the Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi represented by the retired Archbishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu , the Managing Director of Wema Bank, Mr. Ademola Adebise , former Chairman of First Bank PLC, Rev. Akinboboye, NIPOST Zonal Manager , Mrs Ekeleme Kristie and Vice Chairman, Oyo East Local Government, Hon. Wahab Tajudeen