NIPOST, NPC to Introduce Digitized Postcodes
TECHDIGEST- The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and the National Population Commission (NPC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to adopt a modern and standardised Postcode that will assist security agencies in Nigeria in responding faster to emergencies, reducing banditry, kidnapping, internet scams, and other crimes.
Postmaster General, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi made this known while briefing journalists in Abuja. According to him, the digitalized postcode will also make doing business easier and will foster an effective healthcare delivery system, among other things.
“The current effort is aimed at transitioning the system to a digital platform to create more efficiency and functionality,” he explained. Without a doubt, such an advanced addressing system will promote the proper operation of more than just the postal sector. It is a critical infrastructure for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which include poverty reduction, disease control, and the provision of basic services like water and electricity. It is still an important piece of national infrastructure, particularly in a developing country like ours where the lack of street names and property numbering makes it difficult to meet public and business expectations.
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“The relentless drive to use new technologies and latest digital solutions to manage operations more efficiently, at lower cost, increased productivity, and better service quality is a major challenge for managers, particularly in a large and complex networked industry that delivers a wide range of products and services.
“Key benefits of the postcode system include: improved mail sorting, delivery, and postal services; improved response to emergencies by security agencies, reducing crimes such as banditry, kidnapping, and Internet scams.
Adewusi also stated that the collaboration between NIPOST and NPC has resulted in his organization’s participation in the updating of the Federal Capital Territory’s (FCT) Enumeration Area Delineation (EAD), with the goal of gaining a better appreciation of the use of satellite imagery and maps to generate field data, which has proven useful in the Postcode’s further development.
Also speaking, NPC Chairman Mr. Nasir expressed the Commission’s support for the initiative and added that the data collected by the NPC over the years, will assist NIPOST in executing the new project.
“Today, Nigeria like many other African countries lacks a proper addressing system and the country loses out on its economic, social and many other salient advantages considering its population. This gap has to be bridged by creating the much needed state of the art delivery services to the general public within the country, as such the importance of this project cannot be overemphasized.