Communications minister urges National Assembly to pass NIPOST Reform bill

Communications minister urges National Assembly to pass NIPOST Reform bill

By Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has called on the National Assembly to expedite action in deliberating and subsequently passing the Postal Reform Bill and other related bills.

He explained that the bills before the legislators is aimed towards restructuring the nation’s postal flagship, the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

Barr. Shittu made this urgent call while launching two documents; Restructuring and Modernising Nigerian Postal Service and NIPOST Vision 2020 in Abuja

He said the present administration need the collaboration and cooperation of the National Assembly to deliver on its campaign promises to Nigerians by expediting actions on bills targeted at social reformation of the Nigerian society, one of which is the services provided by NIPOST.

The minister charged the law makers upon resumption from their current recess to give the bill serious attention.

He said, “we will appreciate that the bill is considered expeditiously important to the socio-economic policy thrust of the Muhammadu Buhari administration”.

He stated further that the Bill seek the amendment of all the existing postal services laws to give effect to the recommendations of the NethPost Consultancy of The Netherlands and all other interest groups that worked with the Ministry, NIPOST and other stakeholders in the postal services.

According to him, the bills is initiated to reposition NIPOST, one of the oldest public institutions to be widely accepted in terms of efficient and effective postal services delivery.

The Post Master General and Chief Executive Officer of NIPOST, Barr. Bisi Adegbuyi in his remark commended the present administration for its determination to drive the reformation process to a logical conclusion

He added that the management of NIPOST has in the interim took a step at tinkering with reformation through certain restructuring steps taken so far.

“It is in this spirit, therefore, that the new management of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) crafted this four- year strategic plan (NIPOST Vision 2020, from 2017 -2020) to guide the implementation.

In considering the contents of the various documents, however, it is obvious that there are programmes that can be implemented in the short term in accordance with government policy, while others can only be implemented in the long-run after the passage of the Postal Sector Reform Bill into law”, he said.

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