Com­mu­nity hos­til­i­ties, other af­fect­ing our op­er­a­tions — NIPOST

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Nige­ria Postal Ser­vice (NIPOST) says com­mu­nity hos­til­i­ties, un­pleas­ant river­ine en­vi­ron­ment and weather con­di­tion are hin­der­ing the smooth op­er­a­tion of the ser­vice in the Benin zone.

The zonal man­ager, Abubakar Dan­lami, who dis­closed this yes­ter­day while speak­ing with jour­nal­ists shortly after pre­sent­ing award to four of its cus­tomers for ex­cep­tional pa­tron­age as part of ac­tiv­i­ties mark­ing the world postal day, said: “Some of the host com­mu­ni­ties where we op­er­ate are hos­tile to us, they do­nated fa­cil­ity to us and in­sist that we have to pay ran­som, em­ploy their sons and daugh­ters or they would take the fa­cil­ity from us. And even when we re­port the is­sue to the para­mount ruler, such sit­u­a­tions are not ad­dressed.

“For in­stance, in PortHar­court, if we want to de­liver let­ters and other items to Brass, Trans-Amadi and Cal­abar area, we have to be on the sea for sev­eral hours. The rain too also poses a lot of chal­lenges be­cause it can rain in this part of the coun­try for seven days with­out stop­ping and the roads are not good, and these af­fects our de­liv­ery time.”

He said de­spite these chal­lenges, the zone was able to sur­pass its rev­enue gen­er­a­tion tar­get, adding that among the seven zones cre­ated by the ser­vice, the zone took third in terms of rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

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