The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Osogbo District joined the rest of the post offices across the globe to mark this year World Post Day Celebration with the theme: INNOVATE TO RECOVER IN LINE WITH THE STANDARD AND ETHICS OF UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION(UPU)
Find below excerpts of the address of DG Universal Postal Union and Remarks of District Manager NIPOST Osogbo:
We all owe a debt of gratitude to a small band of individuals whose creativity and innovation are helping the world to escape the clutches of the COVID_19 Pandemic.
At the start of this crisis, there were concerns that a vaccine to combat the virus would take many years to develop. Instead, the unprecedented collaboration of individuals, companies, and organizations produced vaccines within a year. Along with nurses and doctors, who risked their lives daily, the scientists and researchers who developed the COVID-19 Vaccine are global heroes.
The triumph in achieving this medical breakthrough has led to fresh hope of preventing infections, and thus containing the spread of the virus: it will lead hopefully to a better future.
The story of how this innovation promoted life-changing solutions is one that global business in general, and the international postal sector in particular, can emulate.
COVID-19 not only halted much of the International postal sector for significant periods, it also undermined business strategies and plans.
New social and economic postal services have sprung up, creative ways of delivering mails have sprung up, creative ways of delivering mails have emerged, and e-commerce has prospered in many parts of the world. In many countries and territories, Posts are involved in the last-mile delivery of the vaccine using complex cold storage methods, offering platforms for booking vaccinations, and even providing space for vaccination centres. These activities are undeniable proof of just how inseparable the Post is from the society and customers it serves.
According to the DG Universal Postal Union, ‘’This agile approach to service and business also offers hope for the future of the postal sector. All too often, we have allowed pessimism to cloud our vision for the postal future, and yet time and again, Posts have proven their capacity to rise to any occasion and continue to offer services with remarkable levels of resilience.
‘’ When COVID -19 affected all countries of the world, including the established supply chain infrastructure, the Post still found a way out to continue offering services to communities.’’
According to the DG,’’ it is this innovativeness of Posts, and their resilience in serving communities, that we are celebrating on the occasion of World Post Day.
The theme of this year’s World Post Day is:’’Innovate to Recover’’!
Together, let us learn the lessons arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic, and understand that innovation is not an accessory; it is the driving force behind recovery, and what makes this sector crucial to billions of people.
I wish you a successful World Post Day Celebrations, he added.
In his own remarks, the District Manager, NIPOST, Osogbo, Mr.Fagbemi Kayode also utilized the occasion to educate NIPOST staff more on the DG, CPU’s speech and also sensitized the staff on why innovation is germane to NIPOST products and services.
Mr. Fagbemi quoted from the Bible –the book of Esther chapter 3 verses 13-15 where they talked about Posting of Letters. He said,’’ This always gives me the confidence that the Postal system cannot die.’’NIPOST will continue to survive and exist’’, he added.
‘’We must develop our activities. Without innovation, we cannot recover’’. Our hope is not lost. New things must be involved. And with innovation, you can use your ugly situation to bring out good things’’.
Mr. Fagbemi added that’’ NIPOST does not belong to the Post Master General but all of us’’(staff)