The Federal Government, on Monday, inaugurated four special anti-corruption postage stamps created by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), to reinforce its resolve to wage total war against corruption.
Inaugurating the stamps at the NIPOST Headquarters, in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Federal Government (SFG), Mr Babachir Lawal, said that the war against corruption was a collective one.
Buhari commended the agency for undertaking the task to create more awareness in the anti-corruption crusade by issuing the set of stamps.
“The Federal Government is conscious of the vital role postage stamps play as powerful public relations tool; government recognises that by the features they bear, they serve as ambassadors for their countries.
“They supply information about countries’ cultures, histories, fauna, tourism, geography, artifacts and products and the most effective medium of immortalising important national events and monuments.
“Therefore, we are prepared to support measures that will bring about a virile and efficient postal system in Nigeria.
“NIPOST management is hereby challenged to be resilient and effective in the delivery of its services and products, so as to key into the present administration’s ‘change agenda’.
Buhari urged all Nigerians, corporate organisations and all other critical stakeholders to embrace the use of adhesive/electronic postage stamps as a means of authenticating transactions of N1,000 and above.
“NIPOST is now positioned to be one of the highest non-oil revenue generating agencies of government; the time cannot be better than now to look for other sources of revenue for national development.
“I enjoin Nigerians to maximize the advantage inherent in the usage of this set of four special anti-corruption stamps with the message `Say no to bribe, fraud, bunkering and theft.
“As a nation, if we truly desire to survive, it is imperative that we fight and get rid of this monster called corruption before it will kill us.”