The Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) has decried the declined state of letter writing culture among growing children, stating that it is time to re-ignite the act as a habit in the Nigerian child.
The call was made by the Zonal Manager, NIPOST Ibadan Zone, Adoyi Onyeke Simon at the occasion to commemorate the World Post Day with the theme, “Celebrating 145 years of delivering development and 50 years of the union’s existence” held in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Adoyi, in his address, said contrary to popular belief, Letter Writing is not an archaic way of communication and should be encouraged within and outside the confines of a school.
He, therefore announced that NIPOST is working in collaboration with Oyo State Ministry of Education to ensure that this culture is revitalised.
“It is important to state also that as a responsive corporate entity that is sensitive to happenings in its operational milieu, NIPOST Ibadan Zone, gravely concerned about the declined culture of Letter Writing in our post primary schools, has taken up challenge by working in concert with Oyo State Ministry of Education to ensure its revival. Arrangements are therefore underway to kick start a state-wide Letter Writing Competition among secondary schools in Oyo State, an exercise that we hope to replicate in the other states in the zone.”
Also, while highlighting the achievements, Adoyi said with 224 post offices spread across the six states in the south-west that make up the Ibadan zone, the organisation has been able to bridge the gap by bringing Postal facilities and services to the doorsteps of the majority of rural population across Nigeria.
Debunking misconceptions that the advent of ICT pose a threat to postal operations, the Zonal Manager said ICT is a blessing and a launch pad for NIPOST.
He said: “Let me allay people’s misgivings about the challenges posed by ICT to postal operations. Many postal observers and book makers are made to believe that the advent of ICT heralded the extinction of the Post especially in Nigeria.
To the contrary however, ICT became a veritable launch pad for NIPOST enhancing her operations through automation of mail processing, tracking and tracing of postal items within and outside the NIPOST postal corridor”, he said
“The organisation has also leveraged on Technology to introduce some digital products such as the Address Verification System (AVS) and Digital Addressing System (DAS) and Electronic money transfer called ‘Postranfer’”, he added.