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NIPOST On Advanced Stage to Block Leakages with Technology- Adegbuyi




Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi, post master general of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), has reiterated that the new leadership will deploy technology to tackle financial and other leakages in the Service.

Adegbuyi made the remark in an address at the Bulkpost Venture Customers Forum held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja on Thursday, alluding to the fact, this is the first in the history of the Service that Federal Government would choose a Post Master General from the private sector.

The PMG said that President Muhammadu Buhari as an apostle of change and zero tolerance for laziness and corruption decided to take the bull by the horn, with the mandate to reorganising, repositioning and re-orientating the entire dynamics of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST).

He said that it is in the mandate of the new leadership to abide by the global standards, deploy technology to block leakages and increase the revenue base.

Adegbuyi said, “Deployment of technology to tackle leakages is paramount in our drives to serve the customers better, because if our competitions serve the customers better we will lose out. Also, now that the ‘party’ is over; the dependence on monopolistic product is over, we are ready to deploy technology to tackle leakages and through that increase our revenue”.

He added that NIPOST will queue-in into the knowledge-based economy and digital convergence drives of the Federal Government promoted by the Ministry of Communication.

“It is very pertinent to start by saying that world-wide this postal brand is not just known; but very powerful, one of the most critical social roles of the Post is connecting he world through postal service. However, in today’s highly competitive scenario, a dynamic postal brand must represent far more than traditional service to the public,” the PMG said.

According to him, to continue to be relevant in today’s dispensation, a postal brand must not only proactive but must also evoke trust, security and highly qualitative service that is able to enhance customers’ loyalty.

“Knowledge-based economy is the way forward, because it leverages on the dynamics of the citizens and Nigeria cannot be different. We need a convivial environment for discussions and I believe the Bulkpost Venture Customers’ Forum is one of such platforms. We need robust ideas on how to judiciously deliver on the mandate using available resources. NIPOST only needed a leader to show the way because we have competent men and women in the Service to deliver on the mandate.

“Postal administrations world over today, face series of challenges in an attempt to achieve maximum efficiency and excellent quality of service. However, as customers’ expectations and demands continue to grow, the post has also risen to the occasion by striving harder to be more customers friendly through networking, partnering and knowledge sharing while deploying ICT to enhance efficient service delivery,” he added.

Conscious of the critical role of feedback in today’s mailing business; Bulkpost Venture introduced the customers’ Forum/lecture/dinner and awards night in 2001 as an avenue for interaction amongst the stakeholders in the capital market specifically and bulk mailing industry in general.

“However, the theme of this year’s forum ‘The Impact of the Action and or Inaction of the Capital market Major Players on the Financial Prosperity of NIPOST’, is a demonstration of our grave concern for the unimaginable downturn in the revenue accurable to the Federal Government through NIPOST from this sector of the economy,” he said.

The PMG said that as revenue generating agency of the Federal Government, so much is expected from the sector especially with the fall of the oil revenue to the federation account.

He however said that what is really intriguing about the introduction of compact discs (CDs) some years back and recently, SMS as replacements for hard copy AGM reports and notice of meetings was that unlike the e-dividends, e-bonus, etc, there was neither prior notice nor any form of sensitization program seeking the opinion of other stakeholders.
“While cutting cost is quite apt in business setting, we sincerely believe that all stakeholders in the capital market mail delivery chain. Even though as an organisation we are not opposed to ‘change’ especially as related to the deployment of ICT by Registrars and company secretaries in the mailing business, we are bothered about the sudden turn of event. For instance, was the interest of shareholders who are in the rural areas and have no access to computers and the internet facilities or the kind of phones to download the reports put into consideration? Was any thought given about the impossibility of sitting down to read the whole report at once? Not forgetting that hard copy paper documentations are almost immoral in nature whereas, one may lose his GSM phone, tablet or computer, loss of devices’ memories and virus infestation may cause loss of documents.

“As we take flight to e-platforms, I think all these should be carefully considered by Regulators and other stakeholders here present. Even in developed countries of world, certain documentations are still being done ‘hard copy way’”, he explained.


(L-r): Dr. Mike Umo, general manger, Bulkpost; Bala Wambai, deputy post master general, Mail Operations; Rotimi Olaniyan, president of Direct Marketing Practitioners Association of Nigeria; Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi, post master general of NIPOST and wife, at Bulkpost Venture Customers’ Forum held in Sheraton, Ikeja on Thursday.   

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IATA, AfDB sign MoU to Advance Africa’s Aviation



The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for collaboration to boost the aviation sector in Africa.

The MoU was signed Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria, on the sidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s World Aviation Forum, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure” by IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniac, and African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina.

The aviation industry in Africa currently supports US $72.5 billion in economic activity and 6.8 million jobs. Over the next 20 years, the industry is forecast to grow at nearly 6% per year.

“This creates significant opportunities. But achieving this potential will not happen by chance; strong partnerships are key. The MoU with AfDB will help facilitate the growth and development of Africa’s aviation industry. In so doing, it will expand prosperity and change peoples’ lives for the better in the continent’s 54 nations,” de Juniac told the African Aviation Ministers, Africa aviation industry experts, and airline executives present at the signing ceremony.

Under the MoU, IATA and the AfDB will work in partnership to further Africa’s economic and social development by helping build a safe, secure and efficient aviation industry. The two organizations commit to create and implement programs and projects, including technical cooperation for capacity building. Priority areas will include improving connectivity, safety and aviation infrastructure.

“The aviation sector is especially important as it opens up doors to investors,” said Adesina. “Very few invest where it’s difficult to travel to. That’s why ease of access via air travel is strongly correlated to economic growth. We must make regional aviation markets competitive and drive down costs, raise efficiencies and improve connectivity and convenience.”

“From Abuja, a new voice has arisen through this partnership: Africa’s aviation time has come! Together, let’s open up the skies of Africa, and together let’s integrate Africa. By so doing, we will build stronger and more resilient economies,” he said.

The African Development Bank has invested close to US $1 billion over the past decade in the construction and expansion of airport terminals, as well as aviation safety and aircraft financing. Additional Bank interventions in the aviation industry include grants for capacity building and coordination systems in 25 countries and 69 airports, that will help increase the number of International Civil Aviation Organization safety and security compliant airports from 3 to 20 by 2019.

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FG says National Carrier to be Private Sector Driven



The Federal Government has said that the proposed national carrier will be driven by private sector.

Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, who disclosed that such arrangement, would avoid the mistakes that led to the failure of the defunct Nigerian Airways.

Sirika stated this on the sideline of the ongoing International Civil Aviation Organisation World Aviation Forum on Wednesday in Abuja.

The theme of the forum is “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.”

He said that stakeholders had agreed on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the new national carrier.

The minister explained that the Federal Government was following Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) guidelines to ensure that due processes in the arrangement.

According to him, government has appointed the Transaction Advisers to work out modalities for the carrier.

He said that government intended to go into alliances or joint ventures with other aircraft manufacturers to increase the reach and number of routes of the national carrier.

Sirika added that the planned improvement of airport and air navigation infrastructure would support the expected growth from activities of the new carrier.

“The question of national carrier, we all have agreement that this national carrier can only survive and succeed if it is private sector led and driven.

“Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Nigeria are guided by act of parliament which is the ICRC Act 2007 that spelt out how to go about doing all these things.

“We will be following them diligently. But unfortunately, it is cumbersome but we are following it so that we don’t run afoul of the law.

“African Development Bank and other companies are discussing with us on this matter.

“We are yet to meet with other stakeholders but we expect to meet them during this conference and after then, we will go and do our road shows.

“The key thing here is having something that will stand the test of time so that we don’t start and falter.

“It has happened to Nigeria before. The Air Nigeria was founded and at some point, it died because of something that was faulty.

‘’We have learnt our lessons and we are not going to repeat it again,” he said.

Sirika admitted that one of the major challenges of air transportation in Africa was high taxes.

He said that the issue of high taxes would be discussed as a critical factor to encourage investors.

”The lower the tax, the more flights in and the more flights in, the more passengers, more jobs, more revenue and that is within our master plan.’’

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FG to Partner Boeing to Launch National Carrier



Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, has said that the Federal Government is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing on the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

Sirika, in his tweet on his handle,@hadisirika on Thursday, said the MoU would be signed during the forthcoming Third ICAO World Aviation Forum (IWAF) in Abuja.

The minister also disclosed that Airbus of France had indicated interest in partnering with the government on the proposed carrier and establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in the country.

He said that the government and Airbus would also discuss further during the IWAF 3 that would hold from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

“Airbus signified interest in our National Carrier and our MRO, we will discuss further during the upcoming ICAO forum,’’ he said.

It would be recalled that the minister had expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration determination to establish a national carrier and MRO in a bid to reposition the nation’s aviation sector.

He had since announced the appointment of transaction advisers for the national carrier and MRO.

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