1 May 2003

Nigeria: TNT Launches One-Stop Communication Outfit

Lagos — TNT/IAS Express has launched an express Centre and comprehensive communication outfit at its Corporate Headquarters on the Epe Expressway, Lekki. The Express Centre is a corporate innovation to provide multifaceted business services to residents of the fast growing suburb of Lekki. This will include Internet services for browsing, e-mailing, local and international phone calls, fax and postal mailbox rentals, stamps and postages.

Declaring the Centre open, Mr. Eromosele of Union bank Plc commended TNT Management for its creative idea in providing a service of such magnitude to Eekki residents who have had to shuttle to Victoria Island for every postal and Internet need.

TNT Express General Manager, Mr. Wale Olaoye, explains that the Centre was conceived to fulfill identified needs of the suburb to join the information superhighway in this global village of the twenty first century. The Centre has modeFn high-speed computers to provide first rate speedy browsing for students and researchers, welltrained staff and is centrally located for easy reach with spacious parking lot along the Expressway.

Chief Ernest Shonekan, former head of the Interim National Government and a director of TNT graced the occasion along with other board directors. The Chairman and Chief Executive of TNT/IAS EXPRESS, Chief Josiah Okoye was on hand to receive the guests. Also at the ceremony were TNT business partners from MAN DLESEL, Union Bank Plc and senior Management Staff.

This event followed the movement of the corporate headquarters of the company to permanent location owned by the company in Lekki

the new head office which is about 15 minutes drive from Victoria Island also has a warehouse and repair garage.

This office with a 2000 meter square warehouse and office space is modern and technology driven, and provides the right working environment to motivate and encourage our human resources d~evelopment. Our human resources development is our most important asset, and this edifice is a testimony that investing in people's working environment is cardinal to delivering to the high quality standard we expect in all our offices worldwide.

According to the Chairman of the company, the movement has reconfirmed TNT's trailblazing in the industry. He also promised that the company shall continue to set the standard for others to measure their performances.

He said now that they are closer to decision makers, they can now much deliver faster than others.

Analysing the complex Okoye said they have brought their fast expanding Express, Logistics and Mail as well as General office Administration to the new location to enhance planning, effective communication and adequate control and to ensure they together as one big family, and to add value to the business of our customers.

"What we now have at Lekki is a model for our offices and warehouses nationwide. We have proposed warehouses at Ajah in Lagos, llorin, Abuja, Port harcourt and Jos. These will complement what we already have at Enugu, Onitsha, Abuja, Aba and Kano" he said.

He added that their Logistics division is the wheel to drive businesses in Nigeria. "We understand the needs of our customers better and are therefore better positioned to meet these needs. MTS Communications, licensed mobile phone operators in Nigeria, is warehousing its operational equipment with TNT. Other communication companies are having their equipment shipped into the country from South Africa and other parts of the world and trucked to various points in Nigeria by TNT," he added.

Okoye then expressed confidence in their staff stating that they trust their staff have the expertise to manage their raw material inventory and stocks and relieve manufacturers the burden of warehousing, packaging, distribution and deliveries.

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