Nigeria’s postal code system is an essential part of the country’s infrastructure that plays a crucial role in facilitating the delivery of mail and packages across Nigeria. In this post, we will guide you through the basics of Nigerian postal codes, how to use them, and their importance. We will also list all the major postal codes (zip codes) of the 36 states of the federation and FCT Abuja. You will as well learn the differences between postal codes and zip codes.
Understanding/Overview of Nigeria Postal Codes
The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has a well-organized postal code system, with each location having a distinct code. (6 digits). In Nigeria, postal codes are represented using only 6 digits, regardless of the region, unlike in some other nations where postal/zip codes typically carry some alphabet.
Nigeria is divided into nine regions, which together make up the first number of the code, according to NIPOST. The dispatch district for outgoing sorting is represented by the first number along with the second and third digits. The delivery address, as decided by your local post office, is represented by the final three digits. An urban region, a rural area, or a post office facility can all be delivery locations.
For more clarity, Nigeria uses a six-digit postal code system that consists of three components: the region code, district code, and delivery location code. The first digit of the postal code represents the region, the second and third digits represent the district, and the last three digits represent the delivery location.
For example, the postal code for Victoria Island in Lagos is 101241. The first digit, 1, represents the Lagos region. The second and third digits, 01, represent the Eti-Osa district in Lagos, while the last three digits, 241, represent the delivery location within the Eti-Osa district.
Using Nigeria Postal Codes
When sending mail or packages within Nigeria, it is essential to include the correct postal code to ensure that your item is delivered to the correct location. It is also important to ensure that the address is accurate and complete to avoid any delays or issues with delivery.
When receiving mail or packages, it is essential to provide your correct postal code to the sender to ensure that the item is delivered to the correct location. If you are unsure of your postal code, you can use the Nigeria Postal Service’s online postal code lookup tool to find it or you can browse through all the postal codes here on our website.
Difference Between Postal Codes and Zip Codes in Nigeria
ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes apply ONLY to the United States. The US does not regard postal codes from other countries as ZIP codes. In all other countries, postal codes are used. However, ZIP codes in the US are used for the same purposes for which other countries use postal codes for mailing purposes. So, ZIP codes are to the US while postal codes are to other countries including Nigeria.
In a nutshell, Postcode, postal code, and zip code all mean the same thing. Americans prefer to call it Zip code, while Nigeria & many other countries call it postal code or postcode. As a Nigerian, if you visit an American site or a site from any other country, and it is requested of you to provide a Zip code, just go ahead and use your postal code.
Is +234 Nigeria’s Postal Code?
NO, +234 is not Nigeria’s postal code or zip code. Nigeria’s ZIP/Postal code is NOT +234 for all cities and states as some people might have thought. Rather, +234 is only the International Dialing Code for Nigerian phone numbers. Example +23470********
List of all Nigeria Postal Codes/Zip Codes for the 36 States and FCT Abuja
Below is the list of all primary Nigeria Postal Codes/Zip Codes for the 36 States and FCT Abuja 2023. Click on each state to view the specific postal codes for all towns/locations in the state.
In conclusion, Nigeria’s postal code system is a vital part of the country’s infrastructure that plays a crucial role in facilitating the delivery of mail and packages across the country. Understanding how to use Nigeria postal codes correctly and the importance of providing accurate and complete addresses can help to ensure that items are delivered to the correct location in a timely manner. Despite some challenges, Nigeria’s postal code system remains a critical component of the country’s infrastructure.