Postal service is available throughout most of Nigeria. Internal telephone and telegraph networks do not yet provide complete coverage but key points are reached in virtually all sections of the country. From Lagos there is cable and radio telephone service to points outside Nigeria.
The postal system and the internal telephone and telegraph systems are operated by the Posts and Telegraphs Department which also operates the railway telegraph and signalling system, the civil aviation, marine and police radio and portions of the wired broadcast distribution (rediffusion) system. International telecommunications services are provided by Cable and Wireless, Ltd.
Through about 150 full-fledged post offices and 500 lesser "postal agencies," close to 90 million pieces of mail are handled per year. The volume has grown at a fairly regular rate from 36 million pieces in 1947-48 but neither staff recruitment nor construction of new physical facilities has kept pace with requirements.
In the Posts and Telegraphs Department as a whole, about 30% of staff positions is vacant. In the Postal Services Branch the shortage of staff is acute at all levels of the senior and junior service and it has even been difficult to attract enough candidates for the Postal Schools. The amount of sick leave among junior personnel has become alarming. Loss of experienced staff--half of it by resignation--increased more than 20% from 1951 to 1952 when 206 pensionable