Despite pushback, Odeyemi assumes duty as NIPOST CEO


Despite an initial pushback by members of staff of the
Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Tola Odeyemi has assumed duty as the agency’s
postmaster general.


Last Wednesday, President Bola Tinubu appointed Odeyemi as
the new CEO of NIPOST, a development that angered the workers of the agency.


On Monday, the workers, under the National Union of Postal
and Telecommunication Employees (NUPTE) locked the headquarters of NIPOST in
Abuja in protest against the removal of Adeyemi Adepoju, the immediate
ex-postmaster general.


The workers said the removal of Adepoju would put a stop to
the continuous development of the agency.


While speaking after gaining entrance into the conference
room of the NIPOST headquarters, Odeyemi said the welfare of staff will be her
topmost priority.


The new postmaster general said her leadership of the
organisation will upgrade the status of NIPOST as one of the leading postal
operators globally


“My aspiration is to not only solidify NIPOST’s status as
one of the leading postal operators in the world but to also make it a critical
conduit in bridging the trade, economic, and social gaps of our beloved
nation,” she said.


 “To make NIPOST a
dependable logistics provider that can connect Nigerians irrespective of what
they do: entrepreneurs to their customers, diaspora to relatives back home,
Nigeria to the global e-commerce market and also, Nigerians to their government
irrespective of where they reside”


Odeyemi said she would work with the agency’s stakeholders
to make NIPOST stand tall in its service delivery.


“My primary focus will always be on the welfare of our
staff, doing my best to create an enabling environment for each and everyone of
us to thrive. To be your greatest cheerleader.


“Together, we will develop a 21st-century NIPOST, an
institution that stands tall in its commitment to efficiency, trust, and
impeccable service delivery. A NIPOST that all of us can look at and say, ‘I am
proud to be a part of this’.”


President Bola Tinubu had on Wednesday relieved Adepoju of
his role and appointed Odeyemi as the new CEO of NIPOST.


However, in a statement published on NIPOST’s official X
account on Saturday, the agency said the president had reinstated Adepoju.


The statement said Adepoju was reinstated “due to his
exceptional leadership and performance”.


A video of Adepoju in a jubilatory mood over the purported
reinstatement has since surfaced on social media.


In the video, he is seen arriving in a sport utility vehicle
(SUV) into what looks like a NIPOST premises where he was acknowledging cheers
from a jubilating crowd.


However, the presidency did not release an official
statement confirming the reinstatement of Adepoju as the postmaster general of


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