By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”NO fewer than 30 Post Offices in Anambra state may be closed down for lack of patronage, resulting in poor revenue generation, the Area Postal Manager of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) for Anambra Territory, Mr. Austin Ebodili has said.
Speaking in an interview in Awka, as part of activities to mark the World Post Day and flag-off of the postal campaign against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Obodili said the inability of some of the post offices to generate revenue had necessitated the withdrawal of NIPOST staff from them to reduce further overhead costs.
According to him, although Anambra state has 94 Post offices, which is the highest in the country, the inability of the people to patronize them, was affecting their existence, adding that it was economically unwise to use revenue generated in other areas to pay staff working in the moribund Post Offices.
â€œMost of these Post Offices were built by indigenes of some of the communities where they are located so as to attract federal presence in their areas. But for unexplained reasons, the Post Offices have been abandoned as people no longer patronize them. We urge people to use these Post Offices because they are cheaper than other means of sending mails,â€ he said.