How COVID-19 affected NIPOST - Adewusi

Ismail Adebayo Adewusi

Ismail Adebayo Adewusi of NIPOST

Postmaster-general of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST), Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, said the COVID-19 pandemic, which struck a few months after he assumed office, almost stalled his agenda.

He, however, explained that the pandemic and its impact opened a new world of possibilities for his administration.

Adewusi spoke at a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, where he highlighted the achievements of the postal agency under stewardship in the past two years.

Adewusi, a former banker, finance commissioner in Lagos and former managing director of Ibile Holdings, was appointed NIPOST CEO in 2019, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said within the period in review, the African Development Bank (AfDB) partnered with his agency over its agricultural programme to use its facilities.

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Towards more efficient service delivery, the CEO said the agency has embarked on the replacement of old infrastructure with new ones.

He cited the instances of new delivery trucks, refurbished postal outlets and acquisition of technology devices to enhance delivery.

“The quantum leap in e-commerce necessitated drastic measures to cope with the surge in parcels/packet deliveries. NIPOST collaborated with a number of private transporters and logistics companies like Speedaf to ensure seamless deliveries,” he explained.

“Recently, six (6) additional new high tonnage trucks were acquired for e-commerce and logistics. This acquisition has greatly boosted the quality of service. Just as the collaboration with Speedaf Logistics Nigeria Limited led to the acquisition of twenty-seven (27) new 10, 20, and 30 tonnage trucks into our fleet.”

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