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Official urges Minister to deploy NIPOST to propagate govt’s change agenda




The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) on Tuesday urged the Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, to see the agency as a unique tool to propagate the change agenda of the present administration.

Mr Taiye Olaniyi, the NIPOST General Manager, Corporate Communications, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the minister should appreciate the uniqueness and universality of the agency as a national flag bearer.

Olaniyi said that since the inception of NIPOST, it had always propagated the country in international circles in good light.

According to him, “this is an institution that is much more of government, representing the nation in a myriad of ways.
“The minister should cash in on the effectiveness of the post in publishing Nigeria to the world.

“Even though many citizens do not see the importance of the post but frankly it is one agencies that the government cannot afford to treat with indifference.

“He should put mechanisms in place that will disabuse people of wrong notions about the post,’’ the NIPOST official explained.

He said that recently, the post diversified into other areas that enabled it to effectively utilise ICT as a tool.

Olaniyi added that the minister should boost the morale of the NIPOST staffs and build on successes the post had been able to achieve by giving it its pride of place among other government agencies.

He advised the minister not to politicise the government policies, especially as it pertained to the post so as to optimally deploy the agency in pushing the change agenda to the world.

In a separate interview, an official of the ministry of communications, who preferred anonymity, said that the minister should work to enhance the broadband availability in the country.

He said increase in the broadband and the reduction in its pricing would help network providers provide better services to the citizenry and the telecoms sector would be better for it.

“If the price of broadband is reduced and made affordable, the telecoms sector will be enhanced, also I appeal to the minister to continue some of the laudable programmes of the former minister.

“Programmes like the `Smart-woman, Girls in ICT’, Digital Girls Clubs’ and others like that, so the minster should allow continuity in these areas.

“Also as a supervisory ministry, he should make sure that agencies under his ministry are well monitored to achieve that desired change we all crave for,’’ the official said.

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