With the emergence of electronic mails, postal services in Nigeria seem to be fading away. Nevertheless, a lot of people still use the post office either to send and receive documents and packages within and outside the country. Furthermore, foreign online shopping sites, Schools abroad and organizations alike require postal codes. Unlike private courier services like DHL, FedEx and the likes, Nigerian post services are more affordable although they seem to take a longer time to deliver.
Postal codes, Zip codes or postcodes refers to series of letters or digits or both, included in a postal address for the purpose of sorting mails.
Nigerian Postal Service
Established by the colonial masters in 1852, The Nigerian postal service (NIPOST) dates back to the 19th Century. Government-owned and operated corporation, NIPOST provides postal administration and services to Nigerians. There are over 5000 running post offices with more than 20,000 employees hence its wide coverage.
The Nigerian Postal office provides services like
- Mail services
- Counter services
- Private mail bag
- Special delivery
- Financial services
- Postal media
NIPOST divides the country into 9 regions which makes up the first digit of the code. The second and third digits combined with the first are the dispatch district for outgoing sortings. The last 3 digits represent the delivery locations- post office facility, rural area or an urban area. The postal head office has their postal code ending with 0001. The Abuja has a postal code 900001, Lagos 100001 and Port Harcourt 500001.
Every local government in each state have Post offices.
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Postal Regions and Their States
With a postal code 100001, Lagos is the leading State in this region as well as Ogun state with postal code 110001.
Headed by Oyo State with postal code 200001, It has other states Kogi, Kwara and Osun State.
The lead dispatch district for this region is Edo State (300001) with states like Delta, Ondo, and Yobe.
This region consists of Enugu (400001), Abia, Anambra, and Imo State.
Rivers (500001), Akwa Ibom and Cross River State.
Borno with postal code 600001, Adamawa and Taraba State.
Kano 700001, Bauchi and Jigawa State.
Kaduna 800001, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Ebonyi State.
Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) 900001, Niger and Plateau State.
States And Their Postal codes
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