21 January 2013

Nigeria: NIPOST Seeks Stakeholders' Input On National Addressing Policy

The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has called on all stakeholders to make meaningful contributions and give full support to the proposed national addressing policy, which it said, was long over-due for the country.

Postmaster General of NIPOST, Ibrahim Mori Baba, who made the call in Lagos at a recent stakeholders' forum on national addressing policy, said there was need for this to help formulate policy framework to address critical infrastructure for national development.

At the forum, which was sponsored by NIPOST, but organised by the Ministry of Communications Technology, NIPOST presented a draft copy of the national addressing policy, that was hitherto put together by a project team of 32 members drawn from stakeholders in the public and private sectors, including representatives of the academia, Association of Local Governments (ALGON), Registrars of the Capital Market, Chartered Institute of Bankers and non-governmental organisations.

The team was set up with the task of drafting an addressing policy for the country, and had since submitted the draft copy.

NIPOST used the occasion of the stakeholders' forum to call for additional inputs to the draft policy, and gave contributors up till January 31st to make their contributions, before the final document would be concluded and forwarded to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval.

Prominent among several issues raised by stakeholders at the forum, was the call for an expanded committee members on the draft policy, in order to have an-all inclusive representatives from various sectors of the economy that have something to do with national addressing policy.

Some stakeholders who were passionate about the policy said it would drive commerce and boost economic development in the country.

The objective of the policy is to identify national infrastructure for national development, such as uniform street naming, house numbering, and address the issue of database patterns that would be used for population planning and other multi-sectoral purposes.

According to Mori Baba, "the policy trust is that it shall be executed through the adoption and implementation of the Nigerian Postcode System, the National Address System, the National Address Standard

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