A digital postcode system will be implemented in Nigeria by June 2023, according to the Federal Government.
The announcement was made at a recent two-day training and retreat on the digital postcode system by Adeyemi Sunday Adepoju, Postmaster General of the Federation and CEO of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).
The National Space Research and Development Agency, Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, National Population Commission, and other stakeholders collaborated to plan the event, which took place in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The introduction of digital postcodes is expected to improve the efficiency of mail delivery, enhance emergency response by security agencies, and curb criminal activities like banditry, kidnapping, and internet scams.
The system, according to NIPOST, will also help to provide better healthcare delivery, increase revenue and tax collections, and facilitate the distribution of utility bills.
Speaking further on the need, Adepoju added that the seamless issuance of driver’s licenses, National Identity Management numbers, international passports, and other verification services would be made possible through the implementation of digital postcodes.
He stated that NIPOST, in collaboration with technical partners, is determined to actualize the programme and ensure that every part of the country is effectively captured, using a systematic framework of alpha-numeric characters from State, Local Government Areas, Postcode Districts, Postcode Areas, and Postcode Units.