By Jennifer Y Omiloli
All cash payment arrangements within Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) establishments nationwide have been suspended by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.
Pantami directed the Postmaster-General (PMG), Adebisi Adegbuyi, to ensure the immediate return of all their offices to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions.
The order of the minister followed allegations that some people took unfair advantage of NIPOST’s cash payment system to indulge in corrupt practices.
The change is in line with the current administration’s anti-corruption agenda and the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy’s mandate, according to the minister.
Yesterday, in a statement, the minister directed the general public and NIPOST customers to insist on using PoS or bank teller when doing business with the company.
“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,” he said.
In the same vein, Pantami also directed the PMG to immediately implement strategies that will end unnecessary delays in NIPOST’s service to customers.
He said his office, under whose purview the supervision of NIPOST falls, would not condone the current trend of delays in postal services.
“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy are committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any act of corruption under its watch,” he stated.