By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka
Nigerian Postal Services, E-gate Egypt has signed agreement on digital transformation of logistics, last-mile delivery chain and other services.Postmaster General Dr Ismail Adewusi who was speaking when CEO of E-gate Mr Essam Alsaghir visited NIPOST’s headquarters in Abuja to seal the partnership, said the partnership will help address infrastructural gap in NIPOST and create more jobs for Nigerians.
He explained that the collaboration will be an intrinsic value proposition towards the expansion and growth of the e-commerce sub sector in Nigeria and is in conformity with the digital economy initiative-of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Because digital transformation of the Post implies that from end to end, the customer can track the movement of his mails and his parcels. And I think its one area that we have really lacked some form of competitive edge. But with the signing of this agreement, I think we have come full circle to addressing this major infrastructure issue.
And of course, this will also assist us in contributing to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of lifting 100 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years. Because with this newly signed agreement, we are going to be able to engage thousands of youths who are otherwise not gainfully employed, and by so doing contribute employment in our country.
The framework agreement is aimed at allowing Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), stakeholders to explore and execute business opportunities for registered communication and digital postal services,” he said.CEO of E-gate Mr Essam Alsaghir said digital transformation is changing the way postal service operates and deliver value to customers globally.
He added that the partnership will help digitally transform the services of NIPOST to meet customer’s expectations. According to him, when the agreement is implemented, the entire last mail delivery will be automated using driver mobile application and the customers will be able track communication with driver, monitor their delivery through mobile app.
“It is an income generating opportunity, where citizen vehicles will be used.
Now every citizen with a vehicle will be a potential Courier Agent for the Pos and private business. And this will give us a reach to a footprint of the country and to provide better service to customers and for the government as well,” he said.