The Vice-chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, Prof. Eno James Ibanga has stated that the management of the institution wants it to stand out in terms of infrastructural development and other key areas. He made this call while receiving the officials of the Nigerian Postal Service in Ikot Akpaden on Thursday 22nd November, 2018. “Sincerely, I like development and quick response to issues that will make us do well”. He emphasized.
Prof. Ibanga further expressed deep appreciation to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State for the massive support he has given the institution which has contributed immensely towards its growth and success. “When you start something, the Governor takes over. But if you do not have initiative, nothing can happen”. Responding to the requests for a bigger accommodation for the AKSU Post Office and support of other NIPOST services, the Vice-chancellor said the space could be considered at the permanent site of the institution in the nearest future. He also assured that the University will partner with NIPOST to drive the publicity of its services through AKSU Directorate of Information and Communication Technology. He however advised that NIPOST should work on reducing delays with posting of urgent items.
Earlier in his speech, the Zonal Manager, NIPOST (South-South), Mallam Abubakar Usman thanked The Vice-chancellor and other Principal Officers for the warm reception. He explained that the Parastatal has been offered a veritable opportunity to improve its services and live up to the expectations, yearnings and aspirations of its customers through the introduction of ICT-based services.
These include: Address Verification System which other government Parastatals like the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Immigration Service have already subscribed to. According to him, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and Point of Sale (POS) services have been introduced because NIPOST is a veritable source of implementing a cashless society and reaching the unbanked. The Youth Empowerment Scheme, letter writing competitions and excursions for students should kick off in a short while.
He made a request for AKSU to partner with NIPOST in other services like: EMS Courier Service, Bulk Post, Stamp Postage, Electronic Stamp, Individual Private Mail Bag, Post Office Box, a bigger office space for AKSU Postal services and training of officers who handle mailing items.
The District Postal Manager, Eket, Mr. Olugu Mba profusely thanked the Vice-chancellor and management of AKSU as well as the Zonal Manager for the approval of the establishment and support of all classes of postal transactions in AKSU that serve the University and neighbourhood community.
Mr. Mba highlighted other services of NIPOST like Parcel, Special Delivery, Post Shop, Cargo/Haulage, Registered/ Express Mail, Philatelic, Agency and Agency banking. He gave the assurance of reliable, efficient, effective and quality service delivery at all times. He also enjoined AKSU to continue to patronize NIPOST products and services.
Highlight of the occasion was the official commissioning of AKSU Branch Post Office by the Zonal Manager who also presented a package to the Vice-chancellor. Prof. Ibanga gave a token donation for the compendium of old stamps and approved one office furniture for the AKSU Branch Post Office
Present at the event were the Deputy Vice-chancellor (Administration), Prof. Idongesit O. Isaac, Registrar, Mr. John E. Udo, the Bursar, Mr. Aniefiok G. Williams, the University Librarian. Prof. (Mrs. Eno J. Otong. Other officials from the visiting Team included the Deputy Zonal Manager CC, Mr. Haruna T. S., the EMS Manager, Mr. Amanam Adiakpan, Mr. S. K. Ukonu, Mr. Linus E. Udo from Internal Audit and P. M. B. Eket. Some staff of AKSU were also in attendance.
Culled from: www.aksu.edu.ng