Nipost new addressing system to boost e-commerce and create jobs
Through its digital Address Verification System, the Nigeria Postal Services, NIPOST is set to create jobs for unemployed Nigerians and also improve e-commerce. Part of the goal for the traceable Address System is to facilitate immigration services, issuance of driving licence and e-government services. This was made known by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu.
Some of the factors affecting e-commerce in the country according to the Minister is poor infrastructure such as roads, postal addresses, and utilities. Other factors mentioned include the power supply and internet connectivity.
He said, “The issue of infrastructure…. the roads, postal addressing, ICT infrastructure and such utilities are critical to e-commerce development. There is no gain saying that the current situation in most developing countries remained poor. Most of our streets are unnamed and the houses remained unnumbered, thanks to the great strides by the government through the Nigerian Postal Services in accelerating the development of digital addressing, which is currently receiving worldwide acclaim on innovation and creating a plain field for all players in the sector.”
Bisi Adegbuyi, the Postmaster-General, NIPOST, spoke on the role of unemployed youth which will be to verify the addresses of Nigerians. This will help them to earn extra income.
We would use millions of Nigerian youths as our address verification agents to enable them to make money. All they have to do is to come with a simple smartphone with an Internet connection, go to a location, and verify people’s address. They will take their details and photograph, which will be automatically uploaded into our database. The person who wants an address to be verified for him or she wants to use it for a purpose, either to access government services, to procure an international passport, or to procure driver’s license. He or she is going to pay N1, 000 as address verification fee. So this means if you can verify as many addresses as possible, you can make a lot of money.
Speaking on other services to be rendered by NIPOST, the Minister added that NIPOST will also offer other services such as banking, property and development, transport and logistics in order to diversify its revenue streams.
We shall also establish a NIPOST property and development company. NIPOST has many landed properties scattered across the country and they are going to be used for properties investments to bring a lot of money into the coffers of NIPOST. We are also establishing the NIPOST transport and logistics company and NIPOST e-government services company, which will carter to e-governance, particularly with the application and delivery of driving licences, vehicle documents and international passports.
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