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Thursday, August 03, 2017

NIPOST adopts 3 word addressing system

The Nigeria’s postal services (NIPOST), has adopted the innovative global addressing system known as what3words to improve delivery services, reports ITRealms.

Nigeria, ITRealms reports, is the seventh country to adopt what3words and the third in Africa.

The system, ITRealms gathered, is already being used for mail deliveries in Mongolia, Sint Maarten, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Tonga and Solomon Islands, hence its anticipated that Nigeria as Africa’s largest economy and most populous country with approximately 184 million inhabitants, has the seventh largest population in the world.

ITRealms reports that Nigeria’s poor addressing system means that only 20 per cent of its inhabitants receive mail at home. While 79 per cent of homes and businesses cannot receive deliveries to the door, and the remaining 1 per cent receive their mail using one of the 478,000 P.O. boxes throughout the country.

In addition, ITRealms also gathered that a postcode system is not optimised with only 5 per cent of mail gets properly addressed with the postcode, hampering the efforts of NIPOST to improve quality of service.

Nigeria’s Postmaster General, Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi, said they are very pleased to be collaborating with what3words as an addressing solution with huge potential to unlock opportunities.

“Better addressing is a key to NIPOST’s agenda, which aims to transform, innovate, and deliver more services to more people all over the country” Adegbuyi said.

Chris Sheldrick, CEO and Co-founder of what3words said that with a rapidly growing ecommerce ecosystem, Nigeria is a very exciting country to be working with.

“Postal services have a critical role in building a strong economy and NIPOST are firmly focused on the future, and are taking steps to modernise and grow their capacity and range of services,” he said.

ITRealms  recollects that what3words, is an innovative global addressing system which divided the world in 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares; each with a unique 3 word address, that are easy to remember, and to share via email, text or over the phone.

Sheldrick emphasised that the addresses are pre-assigned, using an algorithm and each 3 word address refers to a precise 3m x 3m square somewhere in the world.
The what3words Application Programming Interface (API), he said, is being integrated by business, apps and services across the world in a wide variety of sectors.
“It is also used by individuals via the free what3words app. The system is currently available in 14 languages, with many more in development, and it is also optimised for voice recognition,” he said.

On the other hand, NIPOST is the designated postal operator for Nigeria with 10,093 employees, spread among 2,795 post offices throughout the country and handles around 10 billion mail items a year.

NIPOST is currently working to modernise and streamline its operations and has plans to diversify profitably into financial services, e-commerce and logistics, insurance, shipping and property, to provide quality postal services that satisfy the aspirations of all stakeholders.
Uboshe Uboshe & Doris Minimah/GEE 
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Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi, Nigeria’s Postmaster General with What3words CEO and co-founder Chris Sheldric

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