A radical reform of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in which many of its staff may lose their jobs will soon begin, Daily Trust has learnt.
But the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said that there would not BE any retrenchment in the NIPOST, “at least, for now”.
A top federal government official told our reporter in Abuja, yesterday, that the new Postal Master General (PMG), Asiwaju Bisi Adegbuyi, had been given directive to reduce, at least, 1000 workers from the agency’s workforce.
NIPOST has a workforce of about 10, 500 and 2, 500 post offices and postal agencies across the country.
The official, who pleaded anonymity because he was not cleared by his superiors to speak on the matter, said that staffers who had put in 30 years, or close to that, in service, and those working in inactive NIPOST post offices would be largely affected.
“We are looking at some of them who are already old and have put in up to 30 years, or close to that, and some of them who are at the offices which are inactive,” the source said. “At least, a thousand of them may be affected for now, but government would pay them all their entitlement as they exit. It is a reform government must embark upon to bring NIPOST back to real business.”
However, Shittu denied that the government would sack NIPOST staff, saying: “There is nothing like that, at least, for now”.
The minister, who spoke through his media aide, Victor Oluwadamilare, said: “We are not aware of that. Whoever told you may not be telling you the truth. A number of reforms will take place there but I don’t think the government is thinking of sacking any staff.”
In a similar vein, Mr Taye Olaniyi, the spokesman of NIPOST, said no worker would be sacked now.
Olaniyi, an assistant PMG in charge of public affairs, however, said that workers could be sacked later “because reform, in any workplace, may or may not involve retrenchment.”