NIPOST, Sierra Leone ministry of communication, tech to collaborate on postal sector transformation

2024-02-10 02:25:02

The Guardian

The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and the Ministry of Communication, Technology, and Innovation of Sierra Leone are to collaborate on a postal sector transformation strategy.

This was disclosed when Sierra Leone's Minister of Communication, Technology and Innovation, Salima Bah, paid a working visit to Postmaster General/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NIPOST, Tola Odeyemi, at her office recently.

She said that the postal sector plays a crucial role in the socio-economic development of nations by facilitating communication, trade and financial services.

Bah commended the Federal Government on the various initiatives to drive digital transformation of the postal ecosystem. She, however, acknowledged the numerous challenges postal sector faces which include declining mail volumes and increased competition from electronic communication channels.

She stressed the need for strategic partnership to enable both nations explore viable potentials by leveraging technology and innovation to create a tech ecosystem to drive transformation.

In her response, the Postmaster General of the Federation, said NIPOST being the primary provider of postal and related services in Nigeria and in view of its historical prominence, is striving to adapt to the changing business environment.

Odeyemi said declining revenue, obsolete infrastructure and limited technological advancements have hindered growth and relevance of the post.

She noted that NIPOST's business model is leveraging strategic partnerships and innovative technology to promote trade and market development.

Recognising the need for modernisation, both NIPOST and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Communication, Technology and Innovation aim to collaborate on a postal sector transformation strategy.

The primary objective of the collaboration is to enhance service quality by leveraging technology and innovation, as well as to improve the speed, efficiency and reliability of postal services in both countries expanding financial services.

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