The Postmaster General (PMG) of the federation, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, has assured consumers of postal services in local communities across the country that post offices have become veritable channels through which social, financial, economic and digital opportunities could be extended to them.
He reassured local communities of the overall impact of technology on consumers of postal services through the array of products and services that have been created by the recent unbundling of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) into three different companies, specialising in various core areas of services.
The Postmaster General said this at the weekend, while delivering a keynote address during the unveiling of Eredo Post Office in Eredo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Eredo community, Ilara, Lagos State.
Adewusi who was represented by the Zonal Manager, NIPOST Lagos Zone, Mrs. Toyin Egbesola, said the unbundling of NIPOST into NIPOST Property and Development Company, NIPOST Transport and Logistics Company and NIPOST Microfinance Bank, would leverage technology to serve consumers of postal services in various communities across the country.
"With our array of products and services, the overall impact of technology on consumers of postal services cannot be overemphasised. The people of Eredo community will therefore in no distant future, begin to enjoy the dividend of post office in their community," Adewusi said.
He urged the community to begin with the patronage of the post office by acquiring post office boxes (P.O. Boxes) and Private Mail Bags (PMBs) for organisations, as a first step to consolidating the partnership between NIPOST and Eredo community.
Chairman of Eredo LCDA, Adeniyi Rasaq Saliu, who performed the unveiling ceremony, commended the royal fathers and chiefs of Eredo LCDA for their support in ensuring the establishment of a post office in Eredo community.
"With the establishment of Eredo Post Office, the Local Council Development Area will become smarter in delivering services through work diversification that post offices, companies, banks, among others bring to the community.
"Having a post office is an act of development, the reason why my administration finds it fit to give NIPOST a piece of land to build post office for the community usage that will enhance development in the community," Saliu said.
According to him, he would focus on several major developmental projects in order to deliver the dividend of democracy to the people at the third tier of government.
The Alara of Ilara Kingdom, Oba Olufolarin Kayode Ogunsanwo, expressed excitement over the establishment of a post office in the community and encouraged NIPOST to offer diverse services to the community through the post office.
In her welcome address, the District Postal Manager, Epe District, Mrs. Anthonia Obot, thanked Eredo LCDA for their support and encouragement in erecting the post office building in the community. She called for more support from the community to enable the post office serve them better.