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Nigeria adopts 3-word addresses.

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Nigeria’s postal operator, NIPOST, has announced the adoption of the innovative global addressing system -what3words.

According to reports, Nigeria is the seventh country in the world to adopt what3words and the third in Africa. The system is already used for mail distribution in Mongolia, Saint Martin, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Tonga and Solomon Islands. Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa with about 184 million inhabitants, it is the most populous country on the continent and the seventh in the world.

Nigeria’s poor addressing system means that only 20% of its inhabitants receive mail at home. 79% of households and businesses can not receive deliveries on their doorstep and the remaining 1% receive their mail using one of the 478 000 mailboxes across the country. A postal code system exists, but only 5% of the mail uses it correctly, hindering the efforts of NIPOST to improve its quality of service.

An addressing solution

Determined to improve this situation, NIPOST has set an ambitious target of increasing home delivery to 70% over the next 2 years and 90% by 2020 through the Mail for Every House (MEHI – “home delivery for every household”) and the adoption of what3words. This innovative global addressing system has divided the world into 57 000 billion square meters of 3 mx 3 m, each with a unique address of 3 words. This means that every home and business in Nigeria has a simple and accurate address, easy to remember and use.

“Nigeria’s poor addressing system means that only 20% of its inhabitants receive home mail”

Available in 14 languages, with many others under development, what3words is used in more than 170 countries by governments, postal services, logistics companies, emergency services and NGOs, as well as individuals. These addresses are more accurate than traditional postal addresses, simpler than landmarks and easier to communicate and remember than GPS coordinates. The system has built-in error detection and is available through a free mobile application and API integration. The system also works offline without data connection.

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“We are very pleased to collaborate with what3words and to have chosen their addressing solution that offers tremendous opportunities,” said Dr. Bisi Adegbuyi, Postmaster General of Nigeria. “Better addressing is essential in NIPOST’s strategy to transform, innovate and deliver more services to the broader population across the country.”

E-commerce potential

Young people represent 62% of the Nigerian population, which is reflected in the significant increase in cross-border electronic commerce in the country; 53612 parcels and packages have been processed in 2016 (about 200 per day), a 70% increase since 2014. At the national level, the e-commerce market currently represents $ 12 billion, but there is still considerable potential for growth. With improved infrastructure, innovation around payment systems and a reliable addressing system, Nigerian e-commerce could be developed on a very large scale.

“With a growing e-commerce ecosystem, Nigeria is a very interesting country to work with,” said Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words. “Postal services play an essential role in building a strong economy. NIPOST is resolutely forward-looking and is taking steps to modernize and strengthen its capabilities and its range of services. ”

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Ex-Oyo ALGON boss rejoices with Ibarapa-born billionaire Ayandele at 60

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Former  Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria )ALGON) in Oyo State, Chief Ademola Ojo  has felicitated with All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Dr Olusola Ayandele as he clocked 60.

Ojo, described the Ibarapa-born billionaire  as a patriot, politician and leader who have contributed to the advancement of the nation’s democracy as well as nurtured many individuals to greatness.

The ex-council gaffer states this  in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan  the state capital.

Ayandele was an APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election and presently a senatorial hopeful.

According to the ex-ALGON Chief, the renowned businessman and philanthropist had brought great political, economic as well as social success to the state and Nigeria.

“I feel inspired and motivated most times by your doggedness, forthrightness and knack for truth at all times. You are leader worthy of emulation.

“I celebrate you my dear brother and leader. Your courage, character, wisdom, strength and simplicity stands you out always. May the Almighty fill your future with blessings, ” he said.

Also, Mr Olusola Adeleke, a Personal Assistant to Ayandele, joined to felicitate his boss whom he described as reliable, dependable and visionary boss.

He   described Ayandele as a renowned businessman, philanthropist, leader and political gargantuan with uncommon sagacity.

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“Your commitment and selfless service to humanity has brought tremendous development to Ibarapaland, Oyo State as well as Nigeria. You are a rare gem boss and you will forever be appreciated.

“I wish you more years of sound health, peace and glory as you celebrate. Happy birthday to my dear boss,” he submitted.

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Oyo APC scribe celebrates Ayandele at 60

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Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo state, Hon.  Mojeed Olaoya, has described the former gubernatorial aspirant of the party in the state, Dr. Olusola Ayandele, as a pride to Nigeria and humanity as a whole.

Olaoya remarked while celebrating the  60th birthday of the Ibarapa-born Ayandele who is a staunch player in the business and political space of the country.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on Friday and which he personally signed, Olaoya expressed his delight about Ayandele being always available to help the cause of the poor and less-privileged in the society.

“For the good people of Ibarapaland, Oyo state and Nigeria in general, the man (Olusola Ayandele) is a rare blessing and he deserves to be celebrated everyday having made a lot of difference as a businessman, politician and philanthropist for a very long time.

“As an academic and scholar, Ayandele made his indelible mark by imparting knowledge on a great population of young people. And more importantly, his positive contribution to the economy of Nigeria cannot be underestimated as he is leading investor and creator of employment opportunities of all time. To crown it all, Dr. Ayandele decided to dabble into partisan politics to enable him do more for the society and he has not disappointed his people.

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“To this end, it is worthwhile to join several thousands of people globally to celebrate the enigma known as Eruobodo on this auspicious occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary as we pray God to grant him the opportunity of long life, sound health and prosperity”, the statement  added.

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Oyo commissioner, Olatunbosun urges citizens to disregard panic messages over ultimatum to herdsmen

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Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun has disclosed that citizens of the State should disregard a voice note message urging people in Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday 22nd of January due to a purported ultimatum issued by some individuals to a Fulani Community in Igangan, Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

Recall that the State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has warned individuals to respect the constitutional rights of any Nigerian to live anywhere in the country in a peaceful manner and condemned the said ultimatum in a state broadcast to the people of the state

A voice note, being circulated on Wednesday by one woman from London simply known as ‘Remi’ has urged residents of Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday so as to avoid any crisis that might arise from the outcome of the ultimatum issued to the Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan.

Olatubosun said the message was targeted at causing panic among the people and to tarnish the efforts of the present administration in tackling insecurity in the State.

He said Oyo State indigenes at home and in the diaspora ought to give support to the government and not to cause disaffection and unnecessary panic over an issue that has been adequately addressed by the government and concerned security agencies.

He added that the people of the State, especially in Ibadan should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.

“It is funny to hear that somebody was sending voice note from London, warning Ibadan people not to venture out on Friday because of an ultimatum issued to a Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan, in Ibarapa area.

“This is an issue that has been addressed by the government that nobody has the power to give such ultimatum, the constitution of Nigeria does not allow for it, especially when the said Community is not constituting security threat to lives and properties of the people.

“The government of Oyo State and security apparatus are working around the clock to give the people of the State the required peaceful atmosphere that will engender economic growth, we therefore urge our people, especially in Ibadan to ignore the voice note message and go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.”

The commissioner called on the residents of the State to be wary of scaremongers who he said could create psychological crisis where such was not in existence.

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