By Emmanuel Elebeke

THE Federal government has said plans to move the Information and Communications sector forward has been perfected and ready to be rolled out. The plans are contained in the Communications sector road map and the e-government master plan, which the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu just revealed, was ready for implementation.

The Minister made the disclosure when he paid a familiarisation visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) on Tuesday in Abuja. He said the ministry was determined to commence the implementation of the documents soonest.

The minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Sunny Echono, assured that that the ministry would monitor and ensure full implementation of the plan, especially as it concerns the communications sector in the next three years.

His words: “Copies of the draft will soon be sent to your management staff so that you can come up with strategies that will ensure that we move the sector forward very quickly.“”This is to let you know that these policies of which you were contributors are ready for implementation and you are expected to participate actively.

He also listed other policies that the ministry wanted to bring to the attention of the agency as the postal bill which was before the National all Assembly and the National Addressing policy.

The Minister further explained that one of the issues that the  bill would help to resolve was the dual role that NIPOST played  as a regulator, an active operator and a revenue generator.

“The transformation of the postal service should be something that all staff should embrace and it is also good for the country.“”All issues related to ICT services, financial inclusion, logistics, delivery of goods and services, digital economy and e-governance are all on this platform.“”With your large offices and postal offices across the country you will be one of the prime movers of the economy,’’ he said.

He said the ministry hopes that the national assembly would quickly pass the postal bill so that it would position NIPOST to adequately carry out its mandate.

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