Communication- Services Provided by Communication Agencies
TERM: FIRST TERM
SUBJECT: BUSINESS STUDIES
CLASS: JSS 3
POST OFFICE AS A MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
NIPOST is an important branch of the Federal Ministry of Communications. Internal and international postal services are the major responsibilities of NIPOST.
POSTAL AND TELEGRAPHIC SERVICES
POSTAL SERVICES: As regards internal postal services within Nigeria, NIPOST delivers letters, parcels, cards, etc. Charges for these services vary from time to time.
TELEGRAPHIC SERVICES: NITEL makes it possible to dispatch telegrams within and outside Nigeria. It is also possible to send telegrams to ships on the high seas.
ORDINARY LETTER POSTAGE SERVICE:NIPOST carries and distributes letters to people and institutions within Nigeria. This is a very important service.
EXPRESS LETTER POSTAGE SERVICE:NIPOST dispatches express letters as quickly as possible and by the fastest available means. This service attracts extra charges.
POSTAGE BY AIR:Air mail service is a means by which the post office sends people’s mails by air through aeroplane.
REGISTERED LETTERS AND PARCELS
REGISTERED LETTERS: At times, some letters have very important documents attached to them or they themselves are very important. In any of these cases, such a letter may be registered toguarantee its safety. The post office collects extra charges for rendering this service to its customers.
REGISTERED PARCELS: Like the registered letters, parcels that contain important items are frequently registered by the post office at the request of its clients. This is done to secure the content of such parcels. For this service, the post office also charges the customer more.
INTERNATIONAL, TRUNK AND LOCAL CALLS:The post office renders the above telephone services to its customers. These areexplained as follows.
INTERNATIONAL CALLS:These are calls made from one country to another. Different rates are charged for such calls based on the country to which the call is made and the duration of each call.
TRUNK CALLS:These are calls made within a country but from one town to another. Examples are calls from Lagos to Ibadan or from Asaba to Kano all in Nigeria. Also different rates apply to different calls depending on the time of the day or night the call is made and the duration of such calls.
LOCAL CALLS:Local calls are calls made within the same town. For example a call from Yaba to Oyingbo in Lagos Mainland.
Business Studies for JSS3 by O. A. Lawal, pages 51 to 58
GENERAL EVALUATION QUESTIONS
a trunk b local c internal d international
2. Which of the following attracts extra charges to handle?
a ordinary mail b post card c business letter d express letter
3. A call from Lagos to Accra is an/a ---- call.
a local b trunk c ordinary d international
4 --- helps to save an ocean going vessel in danger
a diagram b telegram c programme d none of the above
5 The following are services rendered by the post office except?
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