MINISTER of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has directed that there should no cash payment at Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) offices nationwide.
Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson to the Minister, noted in a statement issued on Thursday that some unscrupulous elements have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the NIPOST to engage in corrupt practices .
“In line with the anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Honourable Minister hereby directs the Post Master General, to with immediate effect, suspend all existing cash payment plans within its establishments nationwide. The Post Master General is to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately,” the statement said.
Pantami urged the general public and all customers of NIPOST to insist on Point of Sales (PoS) or bank teller transactions when conducting business with NIPOST.
He explained that the directive is a temporary measure in the interim to tackle corruption, noting that the Ministry is currently working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge.
“In the same vein, Dr Pantami also directs the Post Master General, to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers. The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Honourable Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls.
“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy are committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch.”