A new National Addressing System was Thursday approved as part of guideline and policy for robust national addressing system for the country.
The Abia Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, who briefed State House Correspondents on the new policy at the Presidential Villa, disclosed that the adoption of the policy would place Nigeria in the map of modern countries.
Ikpeazu who described it as a huge project, urged all Nigerians to key into the project to make addressing easier.
“It is a huge project and we seek the participation of everybody from the citizens to local governments, the states and federal government.
“We are happy that the ministry of communications has come up with this beautiful agenda and we see it as an enabler that will drive trade and commerce, drive industrialization, economic growth and well-being of the citizens
According to him; ” The benefit of the agenda is enormous and it represent the only way out of the current confusing system.
” You can compare the situation with somebody groping in the dark on top of a bike on a rainy day looking for an address with an important letter’’.
For him, the new system will help local businesses and also facilitate social interaction between states in Nigeria from one location to the other and even locations from outside Nigeria.
” You can imagine if the letter is an appointment letter, a draft or a Cheque or an order for an article to be supplied and the person gets frustrated not finding the address.
“What you see today is haphazard numbering, people cannot be identified and you only use land marks to explain where you live to people.
“We want a situation where even a secondary school child can go and look for his uncle in Lagos and find him in Lagos or anywhere,’’ he stated.
He noted that the country will be a better place if the operators received the kind of cooperation they required the ministry of communications would be able to put timelines for achievement.
Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu said the policy was about addressing a policy which would assist Nigeria with regard to postal addresses, house numbering and street naming.
He recalled that by virtue of the constitution, the issues of house numbering and street naming were purely local government affairs.
He, however, reiterated that the ministry had to intervene because “there have been haphazard systems separate from one another from one local government to the other and from one state to the other.
“NIPOST who distributes and delivers letters need a system of addressing which would make it easy for them to play their constitutional role of delivering letters and postal materials using correct addresses.
He disclosed that federal government had to intervene to provide the policy,’’ he said.
Shittu noted that the policy would delineate or define standards that states and local governments would need to apply or engage in “to do for local government what ordinarily they have proved not to be able to do’’.
Shittu expressed gladness that the policy had been adopted by the National Addressing System Council for implementation.
He said there were suggestions on where to affect corrections noting that the council would harmonise the suggestions and “formally release the new policy to all states and all local governments’’.
“That will make the job of NIPOST easy, that will make the job of INEC easy, it will make the job of virtually every sector of the economy easy because you will then be able to trace correct addresses,’’
Tony Ailemen, Abuja