NIPOST loses powers as The Postal Sector Reform Bill advances

The Senate is progressing in the bid to make the postal service economically viable through the Postal Sector Reform Bill and sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa. The Senate seeks to establish the Postal Service Commission as the new regulatory authority thereby replacing Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST). 

Another Bill is underway which will also reduce the powers of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) on the use of emergency telephone numbers as part of the legislature’s intervention to diversify the economy.

Chairman of Senate Committee on Communications, Gilbert Nnaji, confirmed this yesterday, in his words “the erosion of public confidence in the country’s postal system,” was on account of the inability of NIPOST to deliver on virtually all statutory obligations, including basic and core postal services.

On the Nationwide Toll-free Emergency Number Bill, Nnaji noted: “The aim is to prescribe primary emergency telephone numbers for use in the country and to implement a nationwide system for the reporting of emergencies to emergency service providers.”

Although the NCC had expressed reservations on the ground that NCC Act provided for toll-free numbers, Nnaji maintained that as long as NCC was not living up to responsibility in that aspect, the senate had resolved to give the emergency number provision a legal backing.