by crossriverwatch admin
The Nigeria Postal Service, Cross River Region celebrated the 2013 World Postal Day on October 9. In an address by the Regional Manager, Mr. Utuk C.I. (JP) said, “this day came as a result of the treaty signed by the representatives of 22 nations in Berne to establish and operate under a single umbrella called Universal Postal Union (UPN) in 1874. This has also become a specialized organ of the United Nation (UN) that deals with the treatment and regulation of mails world over.
“Today, the post is being challenged to adapt quickly to the emerging new world of Information Communication Technology (ICT) where the whole world has been reshaped into a global village, where Interface, Inter-Connectivity and Synergy have been given preferences in a match towards development/globalization.
“Over the years it seems that postal service has lost its true relevance because of low volume of personal letters that pass through the post, it will amaze you to know that our services have improve greatly to meet demand, now we have post-code system which was introduced to ease sorting and delivery processes, our mails now goes faster with low cost rate and contents security.”
He lamented bitterly about the Stamp Duties Act which was re-enforced by the Federal Government Seven years ago saying “is receiving abysmal acceptance by Cross Riverians, the Act requires the seller to affix adhesive 50 Naira postage stamps on issued receipt from 1, 000 Naira sales and above.
“Failure to comply with the Act makes both the buyer and seller guilty of tax evasion which attracts a fine, imprisonment or both.”
He further revealed that “In Cross River there are 14, 192 installed post office boxes with about only 6, 740 subscribed for which is not encouraging. We also have 18 Departmental Post Offices, 6 Counter Extensions, 9 Postal Agencies and 24 Post Shops fully equipped to offer the best services to our esteemed customers.”
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