The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) as ordered the Post Master-General terminate cash payment at all post offices across the country with immediate effect.
The Minister in Statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman said that the termination of cash payment at the nation’s post offices became necessary following complaints that “some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST), to engage in corrupt practices.”
The statement said: “In line with the anti-corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the 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”
He Minister 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 however noted that the directive is a temporary measure to tackle corruption, saying, “as we are currently 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.
He said that the current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls.