Post-Trans­fer: NIPOST signs bi­lat­eral agree­ment with US, China, oth­ers

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Nige­ria Postal Ser­vice (NIPOST) said it has en­tered into bi­lat­eral agree­ment with United States (U.S), China, South Africa, In­dia, Camer­oun, Togo, Uganda, Tan­za­nia and a host of West African coun­tries over NIPOST’s newly in­tro­duced world­wide in­ter­na­tional money or­der prod­uct called Post-Trans­fer.

But the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice (NCS) against this.

Speak­ing at the 2015 World Post Day, in Abuja, the Act­ing Comptroller of NIPOST, Mr. Enoch Ade Ogun, said the newly in­tro­duced prod­uct would en­able Nige­ri­ans in Di­as­pora to re­mit money home easily and faster.

“As part of our re­sponse to the needs of the cus­tomer and in con­tin­u­a­tion of our role in fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion, we have


kicked in­tro­duced the world­wide in­ter­na­tional money or­der pro­duce called Post-Trans­fer”, Mr Ogun said.

He added that the agency had en­tered into bi­lat­eral agree­ment with postal ad­min­is­tra­tions of Camer­oun, United States, In­dia, Kenya, Zim­babwe Togo and Uganda.

He said: “We also have signed agree­ment with the United Arab Emi­rate (UAE), to ex­tend our reach to the Mid­dle East, China and In­dia so that Nige­ri­ans in these coun­tries can send money to their loved ones and also re­ceive through the post.”

But re­act­ing, the Comptroller Gen­eral of the NCS, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), who was rep­re­sented by the Deputy Con­troller Mrs. Lean Oyama, said there is need for new frame­work on such agree­ment as huge amount of rev­enue can be lost through that prod­uct.

He said: “That emerg­ing ICT trend that both or­ga­ni­za­tions have need to be syn­er­gized bet­ter. The online mer­chan­dis­ing be­cause it is a big chal­lenge, be­cause while the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice is in­volved in check­ing goods that come into the coun­try through the sea and air­ports, all other valu­able items also come by post and rev­enue can be lost if not well reg­u­lated.”

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