The Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, has stated that it is set to build Digital Addressing System, (DAS), while also providing Address Verification System, (AVS), to bridge addressing gap and provide effective addressing system that would be all inclusive taking into account the socio-economic indices and the security needs of the country.
These infrastructures would avail digitally verified addresses to all Nigerians and legal residents as well as help organizations ascertain the authenticity of the addresses provided by the residents.
Mr. Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications speaking at a stakeholders’ conference organized by NIPOST in Lagos stated that poor infrastructure including roads, postal addresses, among others are major impediments to the development of e-commerce in the country. The Minister described the DAS/AVS as traceable addressing system, and stated: “The whole purpose is to ensure that Nigeria develops; we must ensure we have our own identity. Egypt and South Africa have adopted this but on the global level, Nigeria would be the 7th.”
Mr. Bisi Adegbuyi, Postmaster-General of Federation/CEO, NIPOST, stated that the post is using the system to fight insecurity, saying, “The dynamics of what we are doing would drastically bring down insecurity.” He added that the AVS would also create employment for Nigerian youths.