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Richard Evan postulated that "Very few organizations recognize and act on the premise that to succeed a company must position itself not only for operational excellence, but also to distinguish itself by being seen to be better and different from the competitors. That is the essence of branding and marketing’’.

The Nigerian postal system has the mandate for the posting, receipt, sorting, handling, transmission or delivery of mail. Post office also offers mail related services such as post office boxes, postage and pack- aging supplies and other sundry services.

But with development in courier business in the developed world which saw the business evolve from the late mid 60’s which would be said to be the beginning of modern courier industry in Europe to the 70s which impressed improvement in communication. NIPOST veered off into Express mail delivery through its EMS Speedpost to keep afloat in business as the point of activity changed from not just sending a mail but security and urgency became the issues.

The usual surface mail could not guarantee the security of goods even as speed was nonexistent. The registered mail was also cumbersome.

The 80’ witnessed the boom years for the courier industry. Many new companies started up in the UK with a growing demand for new services. The era gave birth to early courier companies in Nigeria.

The 1990’s brought improvement in Information Technology and mergers of companies in Europe. The need for training also crept in as couriers needed top level skills to compete in the gathering market. Many local entrepreneurs who were former employees of the multinational courier firms set up local companies with delivery capabilities.

The bottom line is that competition in the postal sector in Nigeria has become fiercer and NIPOST a quasi- government agency to still remain relevant in the system must adopt strategies to do so.

In the emerging development, NIPOST management has discovered that marketing is important in the new dispensation and has done much in making financial and material resources available to the Marketing Department to enable it use the money among other things in organizing seminar and other events where participants would brainstorm and rub minds to deploy modern marketing strategies and other innovative ideas to take the organisation to newer heights.

Such deliberation in the past had covered issues of quality of service of products, product development and re-packaging, bartering through Public Private Partnership (PPP) process, the post-cash, Airport Express, Repackaging of Postal Office Boxes, etc.

The essence of the whole re-engineering effort is to help the outfit achieve financial goals in order to make the organization become a viable and independent entity.

On product development and acquisition, Osadolor Eboigbodin, senior assistant postmaster general (marketing) of NIPOST had during the first marketing officers three -day conference held in Jos, Plateau State mentioned that with the gradual acquisition of ICT infrastructural facilities by the organisation that new products were being developed while old ones were being repackaged largely through Public Private Partnership (PPP) process. He mentioned post cash as already being introduced as part of e-services deployed by the organisation and also hinted that post cash was about introducing Post Office Cash cards into the market.

Part of the new face of NIPOST also included the drive to re-engineer the work force to adapt to the changing postal market that can meet new demands and enhance competition.

Some of these strategies are already yielding positive results. It therefore was not unexpected when Mallam Ibrahim Mori Baba, postmaster general announced during last year’s Pan African Post Day in Abuja that between October and December last year the new NIPOST staff intercepted letters and parcels containing various international currencies and passports, digital cameras and high grade GSM handsets.

In the windfall according to report, over 400 scam letters and parcels which were for shipment to Britain, Germany, France, China, Japan, Russia, Canada and the US were intercepted through the track, trace and scan exercise carried out by NIPOST.

The interception saved the country the further tarnish of her image.

Now that Nipost is responding to demands of the time, the organization should make sure that it doesn’t revert to the old ways of doing business. All hands should therefore be on deck to realize making Nipost a profitable venture.


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Verve Rewards 600 Customers in Good Life Promo

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Africa’s leading payment technology and card brand, Verve International, has rewarded 600 customers so far after the third weekly draws in the ongoing Verve ‘Good Life’ Promo.

Verve rewarded the lucky cardholders at prize presentation ceremonies held in various locations across the country recently.

Amongst the 300 lucky cardholders that emerged winners of the N10,000 cash prize in the weekly raffle draws that have held three times were: Adeleke Moshood, a student from Oyo State; Adeogun Shakiru, an automobile specialist and Rashidat Abolaji, a businesswoman, both from Lagos State.

Another set of 300 Verve cardholders emerged winners of airtime worth N5,000, bringing the total amount won so far to N4.5 million Naira.

Speaking during the draws, Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Interswitch Group, expressed her delight about the number of cardholders that have been rewarded lately.

Eromosele reiterated Verve’s resolve to continue to provide secure, convenient and reliable payment solutions for its cardholders.

She said: “Because our cardholders are of priority to us at Verve, beyond providing them brilliant payment solutions, we are rewarding them for their loyalty with the expectation that the reward helps them achieve the good life, whatever the good life means to them”.

Verve recently launched a nationwide promo tagged The Verve ‘Good Life’ Promo which kicked off on September 1, 2020 and will run till November 29, 2020.

The promo seeks to enable Verve’s loyal cardholders to live the good life, whatever the ‘good life’ means to them.

The promo is targeted at rewarding over 2,500 Verve cardholders nationwide, with over N27million Naira in cash and airtime, during the course of 12 weeks duration of the promo.

With three weeks concluded out of the twelve weeks of the promo, Verve cardholders have eight more weeks to keep transacting with their cards and standing the chance to win.

Other Nigerians presently without Verve cards but have the desire to enjoy the good life, can take advantage of this eight-week window to ask their respective banks for a Verve card in order to start transacting, to qualify to win from an array of exciting prizes.

The prizes have been categorized into four segments, with their respective qualification requirements as follows:

Weekly Prize category 1 – N10,000 cash for 100 winners weekly, requires at least 3 transactions weekly. Weekly Prize category 2 – N5,000 for 100 airtime every week, requires at least 3 transactions weekly.

Monthly Prize category – N50,000 cash for 50 winners every month, requires at least 12 times monthly Grand Prize category – N1,000,000 cash for 2 winners, requires at least 36 transactions from now till the end of the promo.

Prospective winners of the Verve ‘Good Life’ promo should consistently use their Verve cards within the next eight weeks, across payment channels such as Point of Sale (POS) terminals, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), Web and agent banking centers.


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Stanbic IBTC, Standard Bank, Listed Among Top African Corporate Brands

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and its parent company, Standard Bank, have emerged amongst the top winners of the 2020 Tech Times’ Africa LinkedIn Corporate Brand Awards.

The Stanbic IBTC Group emerged the second position in the category, with total votes of 3,515, out of 24 firms nominated for the award. Standard Bank placed the fourth 2,494 votes.

Nominations for this award opened to the public on July 1, 2020 and closed on July 14.

Shortlisted nominees were announced on August 24 while voting commenced immediately and voting ended on September 8, 2020.

The Corporate Brand Awards was instituted by Tech Times’ Africa, an online platform for leading technology, innovation, and startup stories.

Expressing his delight on the awards, Dr Demola Sogunle, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, said that both Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and Standard Bank had been deliberate and consistent in making a remarkable impact in Africa’s financial sector.

“Our sincere appreciation goes to the organisers of the Africa Corporate Brands Awards and to every member of the public who voted. This is a reflection of the high level of trust and confidence that the public has reposed on us,” he added.

Dr Sogunle further said that Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC would remain relentless in portraying the organisation as one of the most influential corporate brands in Africa.

He stated: “Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and Standard Bank have relentlessly contributed to driving the growth and development of the African financial ecosystem. These awards affirm our efforts, and we are encouraged to raise the bar continually.”

The Africa Corporate Brand Award is designed to identify and recognise outstanding companies. It also projects their achievements and impacts on African society and the world at large.


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NDPR to Safeguard Personal Data of Nigerians -DG NITDA

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Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has disclosed that the motive behind the issuance of Nigerian Data Protection Regulations, (NDPR) by the Agency was to safeguard the right of natural persons to data privacy, fostering safe conduct for transactions involving the exchange of personal data, enablement of Nigerian businesses to be globally compliant and competitive and to create jobs for Nigerians.

 

Mallam Abdullahi revealed this Friday while delivering the keynote address  at the 6th annual conference of Institute Internal Auditors of Nigeria, (IIAN) with the theme:, “Agility and Resilience” which was held on zoom conference platform.

 

The Conference aimed at preparing participants across Internal Audits, Internal Controls, risk management, revenue and Government assurance and other business professionals to learn how to leverage on new technologies and procedures towards actualisation of the organisation’s goals and objectives.

 

The NITDA DG who was represented Director e-Government Development and Regulations, Dr Vincent Olatunji stated that since inception of the Agency in 2001, it has been playing a catalytic roles to spur the infusion of technology into nation’s work processes reiterating that the Agency plays “critical roles in capacity development, provision of working tools for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

 

“NITDA also has an existing arrangement with the office of the Auditor General of the Federation to aid the office in the discharge of its activities.”

 

Mallam Abdullahi said, “The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) was issued on 25th January, 2020 by my predecessor, DrIsa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

 

“As part of his think-tank then, our thinking was that Nigeria needed to quickly provide a regulatory framework for the processing of personal data.

 

“This was even more pertinent in consideration of the global implications of non-performance.

 

“Businesses where losing bids because investors felt there was no data privacy regime in Nigeria.

 

“The Agency’s implementation of the NDPR has been innovative and impact oriented. For the first time in data protection implementation, auditors became recognised as Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCO)”.

 

He maintained that NITDA has 72 licensed DPCOs among which are members of this “august body,” adding that “this posture is not as a result of lack of professionals in the IT industry, rather, we have made conscious efforts to carry every relevant stakeholder along in our developmental regulatory strategy.

 

“ I hope this noble institute would repay NITDA’s generosity by imbibing ethical and professional principles on your members for better implementation of the Regulation.”

 

Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, New Capital Cooperatives Society Mr. Benedict Anyalenka while commending the organisers of the conference affirmed that data privacy and protection should be a requisite skill needed for development of the Information Technology Sector as it would create platform for protection of information against unauthorized usage.

 

Anyalenka, however, called for proper awareness on the importance of data privacy among organisations and stakeholders across the country to safeguard citizens’ data.


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