Director-General, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Simon Emeje, said the country loses about N3 billion annually to the non-completion of its training institute in Benin-City, Edo State.
Emeje made the disclosure,,when the chairperson, governing council of the agency, Maimuna Yahaya Abubakar led other board members on an inspection tour of the institute in Benin-City recently.The chairperson, however called on the Edo State House Assembly to help the service in recovering the debt owed it by the state government.
According to the Direcror-General. the institute need infrastructure to function effectively, as most of the facilities in the institute started 20 years ago were not completes.
“We want to make the institute not just a training institute institute but a degree awarding institution institution and also have ancillary services for revenue generation.
“The institute has not generated money before the coming of the current management, and if it is fully completed, it is capable of generating N3 billion yearly”, he said.
In her remark, the Chairperson of the agency, Maimuna Yahaya Abubakar, said the inspection was geared towards knowing the state of NIPOST, condition of infrastructure and condition of staff before taken a decision.
Abubakar, said the board would revisit the issue of contract awarded that were not executed, issues of consultancy that were entered into before their tenure which are non-performing among others to make the agency work again.
“We are going to revisit the issue of contract awarded that were not executed , issue of consultancy that were entered into before us which are non-performing we are gong to revisit everything to make NIPOST work” he said.
“The state of infrastructure at the NIPOST’s training Institute is very bad, It seems, it is like an abandoned project. The institute is really gold mine to the nation if serous attention is given to it. We are going to meet with the minister of communication and the federal government to see what we can do about it,”
” As a board we will make polices that will change the face of the institute. We need to look at what is happening in NIPOST, their challenges and the way forward,” she said.
While soliciting for the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly to help the service in recovering the debt owed it by the state government, she noted that the collaboration if actualize will help in the development of NIPOST and boost its activities and revenue generation of the service.
” We are here to solicit your help for the payment of debt owing the service for the provision of postal service rendered to state government. We also want the state government and its parastatal and agencies to patronise only NIPOST’s EMS services as against other courier services,” she added.
She however commended the State government for providing an enabling environment for social service to thrive in the state.
Responding, Speaker of the House, Kabiru Adjoto assured that the house would partners with the establishment to carry out its courier services through the agency so as to help it serve the nation.
” On the issue of debt, your representative here should furnish us with the total debt so as to discuss with the state governor since it was not the house that incurred the debt and get back to you. The Assembly have adopted NIPOST as our national courier,” he said.
He explained that NIPOST has suffered a set back due to the improvement in technology and that it is the due all stakeholders to help repostion it for the better.
The NIPOST Zonal Manager, South South, Benin headquarters, Abubakar Usman, said the zonal office was ranked third across the country in terms of revenue generation of the service.