In the Federal Government quest to reform the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), for effective service delivery it has shortlisted 21 candidates out of the 47 that applied for the position of Post Master General.
The Minister of Communication, Barr Bayo Shittu, who spoke to journalist in Ibadan over the weekend, said NIPOST has become moribund due to the invasion of mobile services, adding that GSM has robbed the industry of its revenue generation.
Shittu noted that NIPOST when repositioned will generate substantial revenue and create employment for the unemployed in the country.
Speaking on the set criteria followed in headhunting for the Post Master General, Shittu said the screening was not done by the ministry alone as it had to engage wider stakeholders including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Department of State Security (DSS), activists, lawyers, and human rights groups to ensure transparency in the appointment that will be done this week.
He promised that he shall not meddle into the appointment, promising that new Post Master General will emerge through merit.
According to the minister, “We have also discover that 50 per cent of Nigerians are denied of banking services in rural areas, and that is why we shall be partnering with banks to operate banking services in post offices across the country.
“We have also discover that Nipost has lot of lands that are wasting all over the country, so we have decided to partner with private developers to build high rise buildings, estates, shopping malls on the lands,” Shittu said.
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