Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has ordered the Post Master General to suspend the use of cash payments for services offered by Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) across the country with immediate effect.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, on Thursday, the decision was a sequel to the alleged engagement in corrupt practices by officials of NIPOST under the cash payment system.
The statement added that the directive was in line with the anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari and the mandate of the ministry.
The minister directed the Post Master General to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sale (PoS) and bank teller transactions.
He urged members of the public and all customers to insist on PoS and bank teller transactions when dealing with NIPOST, adding that the ministry was working on a full automated system as a permanent solution to tackle corruption in the system.
“In the same vein, Dr Pantami also directs the Post Master General to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers. The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Honourable Minister, under whose purview the supervision of NIPOST falls.”
It added that the Buhari administration was committed to protecting the rights of Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch.