08 June 2021 by James Itodo….
The Senate at plenary passed the Nigerian Postal Service(NIPOST) repeal and re-enactment bill, 2021.
The bill which seeks to unbundle NIPOST for efficient delivery of service was passed following consideration of the report of the Committee on Communications.
Presenting the Committee report Chairman of the committee Senator Oluremi Tinubu said sub-clause (1)(a) under clause 3 that deals on membership of the governing board of the NIPOST was amended to empower the board to formulate policies for development of the postal sector.
According to the lawmaker sub-clause (1)(b) was deleted as the board cannot borrow or raise funds for the entity while sub-clause (1)(c) was amended to align with current legislation.
Senator Tinubu said clause 5(2) was also inserted to specify minimum qualifications for appointment of the Postmaster-General.
Tinubu noted that clause 8v was amended to align with the Pension Act.
Other amendments made to the NIPOST Act 2004, was amendment to clause 15 which deals with National Postcode System and Technical Standards.
The clause was amended to enable the public postal operator, subject to existing legislation, to enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) or similar partnership to execute any of its mandate.
The Senate amended sub-clause 3 to provide that, “the Minister may, with the approval of the President, at any time remove any member of the Board from office on the grounds of misconduct, conviction, infirmity or disease of the mind.”
It also amended clause 5(1) to make the appointment of the Postmaster General the exclusive prerogative of the President as against the recommendation of the Minister.