Yemisi Ajayi Ibadan
The Federal government has awarded the cash transfer of N5000 to three state in Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) on social welfare package to poor people in the society .
Three state were benefited from cash transfer including Nasarawa, Benue and Anambra .
The Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of NIPOST , Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi disclose this in Oyo town at the occasion of 2018 World Post Day celebration.
He said NIPOST was able to win the contract due to its innovative programme and use of technology to advance its services to the people across the country.
He said the National Cash Transfer Office which caters for the les privileged in the society awarded NIPOST the job to transfer cash to the poor . They give them N5000, every month, and because NIPOST has transformed and leveraging on technology , we were awarded the cash disposal of N5000 in Benue, Nasarawa and Anambra . Who are we serving , we are serving the poor , the post is ready to deliver the goods to bring happiness .”
Adegbuyi said the present administration led by President Mohammadu Buhari has embarked on people oriented programme to improve the social welfare of the less privileged in the country.
Speaking further on the 2018 World Post Day with the theme ” The Post: Delivering good to the world” , Adegbuyi said ” Its not just a question of NIPOST alone World Post Day is celebrated in 192 countries that belong to Universal Postal Union to bring to the fore the achievement of Post in the past year the agenda they have set for them in terms of renovation and all the likes.”
He further stated that NIPOST in its transformation drive has commenced financial services and e-banking to bring financial services to the rural people across the country.
” But why we are here today is to flag off our agency banking in partnership with We a bank and Keystone bank. What is agency banking? It is aimed at bringing basic financial services to the people in semi urban areas and rural area. The financially excluded, the un-banked , the under- bank . They have been estimated to be around 41 percent of adults in Nigeria .
” It is also in line with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations . Governance is not for the rich but for the poor who live in the rural areas.”
”We also demonstrated that our E-money is ready. We must leverage on technology that trendy everywhere, that is enabling Post Offices who are ready to subscribe to 21st century postal administration.
We are just flagging it off . This is the first location , we will move from one location to the other . Nigeria is a massive country with 180million people . Its a gradual process,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi commended NIPOST for its giant strides in recent years, describing the event as very significant in the history of the agency.
Speaking through his representative , Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu , Oba Adeyemi said NIPOST has remained the only agency that has continued to connect the people , facilitating communication and enabling the people to stay in touch.
” But it has gone beyond that limit , today your money is save if you send it through NIPOST . It is a great pleasure to continue to identify and relate with NIPOST ,” the royal father said.
Earlier,in her welcome address, the zonal manager, Mrs Kristie Ekeleme also noted that NIPOST in its stead better performance and financial viability would ensure positive impact in the lives of the citizenry
Ekeleme assured all their patronage that they we continue to render and allied service in line with international best practices
“I congratulate the Postmaster General and his management team on this initiative for developing new approaches and models that suit the new market and better serve the new society “