The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) has concluded plans to computerise major post offices across the country, the organisation’s public relations manager, Hussaina Charity Ato announced last week. Speaking with newsmen last week on the occasion of the Pan African postal union, Ato said through the computerisation, the post offices would be able to render such services as cash transfer, payment of pensions to retirees residing in rural areas and e-mail service.

She said in continuation of management efforts to improve on the general condition of post offices throughout the federation, contracts would be awarded for the rehabilitation of major post offices including general post offices.

According to her, plans have also been concluded to commission some post offices which were completed last year including those in Bida, the PB2B post office in Oko, special design post office in Maiduguri, the Suleja post office and Keana sub-post office in Nassarawa State.

On delivery of quality service, the spokesman said adequate security measures put in place by NIPOST had ensured that mail pilfering had been reduced to the barest minimum, even as plans have been concluded to equip the post offices with modern postal tools like stamp cancelling machines and date stamps to improve mail delivery in the New Year.

In addition, she said the fleet of mail delivery vans will be increased through the purchase of motorcycles and the refurbishment of motor vehicles to reinforce the operation of the national mail delivery route network.

She said NIPOST had recorded over 80 per cent success in 72 hour delivery of inter-state letters from Imo State to Sokoto or Zamfara State and letters from Borno State to Cross River or Rivers State.

Other successes by NIPOST include about 90% breakthrough in 48 hour delivery of intra-State letters, 95 per cent success in 24 hour delivery of intra-city letters and about 90 per cent success in the security of mail handled by NIPOST.

Daily Trust