Today Friday, October 9, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) will celebrate its 141st anniversary in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The celebration (UPU was established in 1874 in Berne the Swiss capital and universally known as World Post Day) will be done in a variety of ways by more than 150 member countries.
Countries, including Liberia will be represented by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, which designs each year’s program, and it is expected to be graced by stakeholders, including students, a statement from the Ministry said.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has meanwhile, officially proclaimed the day to be celebrated as a working holiday under the theme, “Innovation, Integration and Inclusion are the Key Drivers for the Future of the Post.”
She therefore called on ministries, agencies, corporations, commissions as well as national and international organizations concerned to join today’s ceremony.
Post and Telecommunications Minister, Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh said he would expand postal services across the country to meet the internationally acceptable standard.
He said findings reached after a research was conducted by the UPU, has led the Ministry to resolve to build 78 post offices within the 15 counties.
He said 25 post offices have been rehabilitated, including three other newly constructed in Bopolu City, Gbapolu County, Saclepea, Nimba County, and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
Moreover, Dr. Norkeh said he is determined to decentralize the celebration of World Post Day as a positive way of increasing the awareness of people about the postal sector’s role for people and businesses every day, letting rural residents know and take advantage of the contribution Liberia’s postal delivery services has rendered to their socio-economic growth.