The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has found itself embroiled in controversy as protests erupted following the assumption of office by its new Chief Executive Officer and Post Master General (CEO/PMG), Tola Odeyemi. Despite the opposition from workers sympathetic to the former PMG, Sunday Adepoju, Odeyemi remains undeterred in her commitment to steer NIPOST into a new era of innovation and modernization, aligning with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu.
Tola Odeyemi, who is determined to lead NIPOST toward innovation, modernization, and transformation, met with the board and management of the organization on her first day. She pledged to leverage technology to enhance NIPOST’s logistics, e-commerce, and other postal services, making them more reliable, efficient, and effective.
The protests began early in the morning as workers, brandishing placards with various inscriptions and chanting protest songs, locked the gates of the NIPOST headquarters in Abuja. Their intention was likely to prevent Odeyemi from taking up her duties. The crisis within the organization has been ongoing for approximately four days, yet the Federal Government has not intervened as of now.
Efforts to obtain a response from the Federal Government were fruitless, as the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Ajuri Ngelale, did not respond to calls or messages. This situation arose following President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s decision to change several chief executives in parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, which directly impacted NIPOST. It was announced that Tinubu had approved Odeyemi’s appointment as CEO/PMG, but a conflicting statement from NIPOST claimed the reinstatement of former PMG Adepoju without official confirmation from the Presidency.
Addressing the protesting workers, the President of the National Union of Postal and Telecommunication Employees, Nehemiah Buba, alleged that there have been previous attempts to undermine NIPOST. He advocated for the reinstatement of the sacked PMG, claiming that he should be allowed to continue the good work he initiated. Buba emphasized that the protests would persist until Odeyemi’s appointment is reversed.
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