Monday, 14 November 2011

Nigeria's Zip Code/Postal Code..Ghrrrr!

I am really angry right now, in fact RAGE is the word.
Year in year out we complain of things that have refused to work in Nigeria. We appoint/elected/squeeze in / bribe in Public workers who end up going the way of the rest. Like the sheep, they just can't think or do things differently-they must follow the wrong things.

To think that little things which are taken for granted in other countries developed or otherwise, are still missing in Nigeria only makes me want to lie someone flat on the table and give him/her the legendary 24 lashes.

What in the world are we thinking. Why is it so hard for us to do the normal everyday right things? What are all those nincompoops in Urban/Regional Planning  and Nipost doing? That people will spend hours searching for Zip/ Postal codes to Nigerian Cities? I mean, am not even talking about  streets/houses codes!

In the developed world one of the things you must get in to your head, whether you like numbers or not is your postal code, the one attached to your block.
You don't have to be told, you just have to know it because every form/ data you will ever fill requiring your personal information will require it.

I actually thought I was the only one in that predicament this morning, trying to fill an online form and realizing gosh  this again? I went searching, on line of course, you know what I found?

Here are a few examples

1. HJZ from Yahoo answers looking for postal code to Lagos
gee ,i've looked everywhere .....no answers anywhere .........
i would just mail the letter such as ;
name
street
lagos
nigeria
and do not forget # air mail # that way it will go out of the country mail at the post-office
.
sorry

2. Ogechi77 from Nairaland    What's Postal code of Lagos, Nigeria, pls i need it ASAP
Kaysmith11           234 dats d postal code
Dadaja2004            Lagos code is 01 while Nigeria code is 234

I feel like laughing but then I know I should be weeping! What? Anyway I do not blame the people that tried to help. They obviously don't know the answer.
Yet we have been told of millions spent in urban planning, as a matter of fact some of us have woken up to see a new numbering address attached to our houses, besides the old one without any explanations or effect whatsoever! Just so that some thieving Local Government Chairman somewhere can point to that and say it cost his government so ans so millions!

In my search I was actually directed to the Nipost website where you can search City Zip codes, guess what? That application is as non-interactive as can be! I couldn't get any information out of it ( meaning I tried).

My question is, what will it cost the Nigerian Postal Agency to publish this kind of record? These are public information for crying out loud and is only useful to the general public. What is it doing in the confines of their office ( assuming they have it)?
Little wonder packages and mails get missing anyhow in and around the same country.
Can't our people learn the simple rules of effective service?
If we have a clearly delineated postal/zip code, people get to use them when addressing letters and packages, which in turn gets sorted out pretty quickly and delivered to the appropriate addressees.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH NIGERIA SEF..SMH!!!


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Anonymous said...

tchinny stop complaining jor. our postal system is effective. if u post letters in nigeria to anywhere in the world they recieve it. if they post we recieve it. d postal code or is it zip code sef is 234. what does it matter? the important thing is that letters don't get missing. there are more urgent things dat dis clueless government has failed to address. by the way sha u are doing a nice job. i read your blogs though i don't always comment.

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things will not go well in Naija until our so called leaders change their mind-set and look up to service to the citizens and not how much they embezzle into their families.

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