If you’re interested in knowing how to find and use postal codes in Nigeria properly, this guide will take you through it in easy-to-understand terms.
The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has a chronological arrangement of the postal codes of various cities and regions in the country.
Unlike some countries where postal codes usually carry some alphabets, the codes in Nigeria are represented using only 6 digits, irrespective of the region.
The NIPOST divides the country into 9 regions, and those regions determine the first digit of the 6 digit code, while your local post office determines the last 3 digits at the end of the code.
What is a postal code?
A postal code is a series of codes that may contain numerals, alphabets, and/or punctuations used to sort out the mailing addresses.
Postal code in many English-speaking countries is also referred to as ZIP code, PIN code, postcode, etc., depending on the country. They all represent the same thing and serve the same purpose irrespective of the name it is called.
How to know your postal code
Many Nigerians make mistakes when filling in their postal codes for the sake of physical or online transactions. This can lead to a delay in the delivery of your parcel.
Like I noted earlier, Nigerian Postal codes are not limited to just Geopolitical locations or states. Every local government, town, and sometimes, areas have their respective postal codes.
So whenever it is required of you to enter your postal code in any online/offline form, make sure you don’t use your state but the exact location instead.
Here’s how to know your postal code in Nigeria:
- Visit overwatch.ng homepage
- Click on the state you’re located in
- Select your local government
- Search for your town