No fewer than 47 people applied for the post of Post-Master General in the Ministry of Communication.
The Communication minister, Mr Adebayo Shittu, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, said 27 out of the 47 had been selected for interview.
He explained that the call for applications from suitable and competent individuals to be appointed as Post-Master General was in line with the transparency of the present administration.
“From the advert, we had 47 applications and which 21 had been selected for interview. The 21 would have their interviews from Wednesday to Friday on the basis of seven persons per day.
“I did not unilaterally choose an individual for reasons of due process and to uphold the present administration’s principle of transparency.
“We have also ensured that our interviewers were drawn from all the ministries and agencies, including EFCC, ICPC and the Federal Character Commission,” he said.
He disclosed that rural dwellers will soon enjoy banking services to be provided by the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) .
He explained that the post bank services would avail opportunity to rural dwellers, who do not have access to banking services.
The minister also said that the ministry would soon arrange with all foreign postal services to make the Express Mail Service (EMS) of NIPOST handle all internal distributions across the country.
According to him, such efforts are part of the reforms the ministry had planned to make the NIPOST viable, relevant and effective.
“There is a law now on stamp duties. Every legal transactions above N1,000 would attract N50 levy as stamp duty,” the minister said.
He said that the ministry would also ensure rural areas have Internet facilities around, saying Information and Communication Technology (ICT) had made activities convenient and easy.
The minister said that ICT was capable of producing sufficient wealth for the nation, adding it was the highest employer of labour after agriculture.
Shittu said that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) through ICT had blocked leakage and wastage of the nation’s resources.
“For example, In Rwanda, the 4, 000 public buses there were equipped with Internet facilities. I think our people deserved this and be digitally smart,” he said.
Speaking on the nation’s telecommunications outfit, Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), he said the outfit had been sold by the Bureau of Public Enterprises during the last administration, adding that the outfit was sold to NICOMSAT and by law no more in existence.
Shittu said that the ministry would meet with telecoms outfit in the country during the week to read riot act to the issue of drop calls and unsolicited messages considered to be rip-off.