By Idris Bakare, Mathew Ibiyemi, and Ikenna Odionye
The Honourable Minister Of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantanmi, has ordered termination of cash payment at Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) offices Nationwide.
The spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman in a statement on Thursday explained that some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the NIPOST, to engage in corrupt practices.
According to her statement, “It has come to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim that some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the NIPOST, to engage in corrupt practices.
“In line with the anti corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Honourable Minister hereby directs the Post Master General, to with immediate effect; suspend all existing cash payment plans within its establishments nationwide.
“The Post Master General, NIPOST, President Muhammadu Buhari is working to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately.”
“The general public and all customers of NIPOST, are hereby encouraged to insist on PoS or bank teller transactions, when conducting business with NIPOST,” the statement read.
Furthermore, Pantanmi said that the directive is a temporary measure in an aim to tackle corruption, therefore his administration his currently working on automating system as a permanent solution to the challenge.
He directed the NIPOST Post Master General, to immediate implement strategies that will fasten it’s service delivery to customers.
“This directive is a temporary measure in the interim to tackle corruption, as we are currently working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge.
“In the same vein, Pantami also directs the Post Master General, to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers.
“The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Honourable Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls.
“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy are committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch,” he said.