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NIPOST suffers Borno terror setbacks

10 October 2013, 07:32Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The closure of mobile network services in the terror-riddled Borno State has presented mixed fortunes to the Nigeria Postal Service in the region.

Officials said while the current shut down of GSM network services by the military had boosted patronage of traditional postal service in the state, some of its branches had borne the brunt of the ongoing terror.

“Although the agency has lost some percent of its revenue to the Boko Haram insurgency in the state as some of its offices in many of the local government areas of the state were closed down and few others compelled to run skeletal services as a result of the security challenge but the revenue has shown slight increase since the shutdown of telecommunication networks as people's patronage has increased added to the fact that there is relative peace in the state capital Maiduguri,” Paul Ngadda, Territorial Area Manager of NIPOST, said in Maiduguri.

He said many residents of the state have been forced to writing of letters to the preferred mobile telephone services.

Nonetheless, he lamented that the Boko Haram insurgency in the state had forced the agency to deploy skeletal staff in all parts of the state except Maiduguri and Biu.

He said the insecurity problem has led to the closure of some of its offices in northern part of the state, and Gwoza area in the southern parts of the region.

“The two are the only offices operating fully now. In some of the outskirt areas, we are offering skeletal services.”

He said most permanent staff had fallen victim to the attacks perpetrated by the insurgents.

“One of our drivers was once attacked and the vehicle he was using was taken away.  Also, our main office was attacked in March which led to the temporary closure of the office,” Ngadda said.

He said most of their customers had also relocated from the state.

“The majority of our customers have relocated to other parts of the country due to the insecurity problems in Borno State. This has immensely affected our revenue.”

– CAJ News


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