BY GLORIA USMAN, ABUJA – The minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has directed the Post Master General of the Federation, to suspend all existing cash payment plans within Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST), nationwide with immediate effect
The minister’s directive followed what he described as the activities of some unscrupulous elements taking undue advantage of the cash payment system in NIPOST to engage in corrupt practices.
Pantami said that the directive is in line with the anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari and the mandate of his ministry.
As part of the directive, the Post Master General, is to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions.
The minister therefore advised members of the public particularly customers of NIPOST to insist on Point of Sales (PoS) or bank teller transactions, when conducting business with the organisation.
He explained that the directive is a temporary measure to tackle corruption, saying that the ministry is working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge.
Pantami also directed the Post Master General to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays in its service delivery to customers. The minister warned that the current trend of delays in postal services will no longer be condoned by his office under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls.
He said that the present administration is committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch.