Minister of Communications Commission, Mrs. Omobola Johnson
The Minister of Communications Commission, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has said that planned National Addressing System for the country, would not only be critical and essential for postal services, but would also serve as an imperative for economic development.
Johnson who gave the assurance in Lagos at a recent stakeholders’ forum on National Addressing Policy, said the national addressing system had been universally recognised as a strategic infrastructure for nation building.
He urged Nigerians to give their support for the national project that is currently being championed in Nigeria by the Ministry of Communication Technology and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).
Addressing stakeholders at the forum, Johnson said: “The significance of a proper addressing system as a strategic infrastructure for nation building had been universally recognised. Although the onus of implementing an efficient system of property identification constitutionally rests on the local government, the multi-dimensional nature of addressing and its wider effects on Nigeria’s development makes the intervention of the federal government inevitable.”
The federal government had in 2004, expressed its resolve to intervene urgently in national addressing system by collaborating with the state and local governments in resolving the nationwide crises of infrastructure identification and data building, through street naming and house numbering.
Also, NIPOST had introduced the Nigerian postcode system in 2000 to address the situation, but was not backed by a national addressing policy.
To this end, NIPOST, through the Ministry of Communications Technology, is proposing a National Addressing Policy that will drive the National Addressing System for Nigeria.
A draft document of the national addressing policy was presented recently to stakeholders, for their input, before the final copy would be made ready for submission to the Federal Executive Council, for approval.
The rationale for the proposed policy, according to the draft, is due to the lack of a standard address and access to locating and navigating, especially in the urban areas, which remain a major challenge for residents, visitors, businesses and the government with far-reaching implications on economic and social development, poverty alleviation, spatial organisation and reorganisation in order to enhance the delivery of goods and services, emergency services, safety and security such as Health, Police, Ambulance and Road Safety.
The policy objective is to harness physical development in local government, facilitating increased proportion of Nigerians that have been formally assigned street addresses, provide framework for standardising the acquisition, processing and analysis, storage and dissemination of various socio-economic data needed to sustain and enhance national development, among others.