By Lillian Chukwu
In an effort for a proper and effective addressing system for Nigeria, the federal government has commissioned the National Addressing System (NAS) Committee, to facilitate speedy implementation of the infrastructural data program.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Committee over the weekend in Abuja, Minister of Communications, who is also the Chairman of the committee, Dr. Adebayo Shittu said that the policy identified strategic stakeholders.
This initiative, according to him is to drive the implementation of National Addressing System in all levels of governments to harmonize the creation, acquisition, processing, analysis, storage and dissemination of various socioeconomic data across the country
The Minister in a statement by his media unit said that the Federal Government was greatly concerned with the poor state of addressing and its attendant consequences to national development and security, which the Ministry intervened through the provision of national addressing policy, to guide stakeholders who are charged with the responsibilities of providing addressing infrastructure to perform better.
Shittu decribed the Integrated Addressing Infrastructure as a vital tool in the national security and socioeconomic development, the Minister admonished the committee to equip themselves with the needed information and skills to implement the task given to her.
He reiterated that “members of the NAS Committee are reminded of their pioneer status on this program and the huge expectation of the populace on your ability to reorganize the addressing infrastructure and data base of the nation for improved security and socio economic development”. He stated.
While pledging the Ministry of Communications’ unflinching support for the Committee’s activities, and all matters that will accelerate the implementation of the programme, Shittu charged all stakeholders to ensure diligent implementation of their individual roles within the NAS Framework as well as in compliance with the NNAS&G.
The Postmaster-General, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) Mr. Bisi Adegbuyi, said at the event that Nigeria is in urgent need of standard addressing, explaining that street addressing is a critical medium in ensuring that citizens have access to their rights and responsibilities.
According to him, the value of National Addressing Infrastructure does not only enhance mails delivery, but also aid in proper National Planning, Security and economic growth.
He further added that with proper addressing, criminals would have no hiding place in the country, as identity of every individual would also be captured in the national data which works hand in hand with the National addressing System.