A postal code is also known as ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) code in certain countries of the world. Often times, many individuals have found it hard to clearly define what postal code entails in Nigeria. Therefore, it is very important to clearly define what postal code entails in the course of this write-up and answer to question what is Nigeria ZIP code or PostCode. Having been a citizen of the country Nigeria, one would have taken notice of the fact that there are various postal codes for the thirty-three various states of the nation Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

First and foremost, ZIP code simply means a defined set of numerical values or numbers and or alphanumeric system (containing both alphabets and numbers) put together in other to assist the postal service to identify the location where a particular mail is to be sent to, either within the shores of a country or outside the country’s border lines.


  • 00176
  • 110001
  • 23401

Preferably use the ZIP code of your state or your exact location, Kindly scroll down to see the list of Nigerian Zip code by States List.

These ZIP codes used in Nigeria are usually six (6) digits in numbers and it ranges from one state to another, as a result, one postal code cannot be used for more than one state in the case of Nigeria. For example, Lagos state has a postal code of 100001 which is quite different from the postal code used for Abuja which is 900001. Postal codes are connected to different geographical locations majorly in the cities. Like street names or individual names, so also postal codes function as a name which can swiftly aid the identification of a particular geographical location in Nigeria.   


Despite the emerging presence of electronic mails also known as email like Google mail, yahoo mail, etc. and courier services available like DHL, FED Express, UPS, the use of the post office is still currently in operation in Nigeria.

The following are some of the notable importance of postal code in Nigeria.

  •    It aids faster delivery of goods and services.
  •    It secures postal transactions.
  •    It serves as a preventive measure of ensuring that postal offices do not do too much work, hence reducing their workload.
  •    It ensures timely delivery of postal mails to a distant environment where such an individual would have been/is unable to access.
  •    It is safe, quick and reliable because unlike the use of electronic mails where only documents are sent, with postal code there is usually an individual who makes the delivery and ensures that it is timely delivered, secured and also it provides an avenue for people who could decide to make a delivery of valuables, documents, and parcels at the same time.
  •    It serves as a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for all states, which ensures the safety of deliveries to be made and avoid theft or misplacements into the wrong place.
  •    It provides a geographical coverage of institutions or addresses that receive large volumes of mail.
  •    It serves as a medium through which financial institutions send their financial reports, share values (either yearly or monthly) to their various customers and shareholders, in other for them to be kept abreast with the management of the company’s resources.

Here is a full list of the postal codes in all the thirty-six states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) inclusive.

So, answering the question –


States, geographical locations and postal codes in Nigeria


  1.    Abuja, (FCT) postal code is 900001
  2.    Benue State postal code is 970001
  3.    Kogi State postal code is 260001
  4.    Kwara State postal code is 240001
  5.    Nassarawa State postal code is 962001
  6.    Niger State postal code is 920001
  7.    Plateau State postal code is 930001


  1.    Adamawa State postal code is 640001
  2.    Bauchi State postal code is 740001
  3.    Borno State postal code is 600001
  4.    Gombe State postal code is 760001
  5.    Taraba State postal code is 660001
  6.    Yobe State postal code is 320001


  1.    Jigawa State postal code is 720001
  2.    Kaduna State postal code is 800001
  3.    Kano State postal code is 700001
  4.    Katsina State postal code is 820001
  5.    Kebbi State postal code is 860001
  6.    Sokoto State postal code is 840001
  7.    Zamfara State postal code is 880001


  1.    Abia State postal code is 440001
  2.    Anambra State postal code is 420001
  3.    Ebonyi State postal code is 840001
  4.    Enugu State postal code is 400001
  5.    Imo State postal code is 460001


  1.    Akwa-Ibom State postal code is 520001
  2.    Bayelsa State postal code is 561001
  3.    Cross-River State postal code is 540001
  4.    Delta State postal code is 320001
  5.    Edo State postal code is 300001
  6.    Rivers State postal code is 500001


  1.    Ekiti State postal code is 360001
  2.    Lagos State postal code is 100001
  3.    Ogun State postal code is 110001
  4.    Ondo State postal code is 340001
  5.    Osun State postal code is 230001
  6.    Oyo State postal code is 200001

In each of these above states, there are local governments, wards, town, villages, and streets attaches to the various existing postal offices and they all possess a postal code number that was derived from the within the State’s Postal code. As seen in the above written list, the headquarter of that post office in the state usually possesses the postal code which ends with zero one for example; 200001, 300001, etc and each other districts and local government areas have theirs (postal codes) quite different from the state postal code which for instance could be 100233; 100351, etc.

Now that we’ve done justice to the question What Is Nigeria ZIP Code / PostCode, let’s take a look at its introduction in the country.


As the various populations of the world increased in number and the environment become harder, people identified the need for the development of postal codes in their countries. Large cities of the world began with the introduction of postal districts numbers otherwise called Postal Zone Numbers, which served as their postal codes during the ancient times. And with the emergence of time, many nations of the world embraced it (Postal Code) in 1930, with the idea of expanding or reaching out to both the rural environments or small towns settlements within the various countries.

In December 1932, the modern postal codes were introduced in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. Although the introduction of postal codes has encountered immense level of challenges, yet many nations of the world after its collapse reintroduced or adopted it into their economic system after the world war1.

What Is Nigeria Zip Code

What Is Nigeria Zip Code / PostCode

With Nigeria having been a member nation among the 117-member countries of the Universal Postal Union which uses postal code have really benefitted from the existence of the postal code. In Nigeria, it is regulated by the Nigerian Postal Service also known nationwide as NIPOST was created in 1985 out of the dire need for sending and receiving emails from within and outside the shores of the country. Businesses transactions have been carried out and eased since the creation of postal codes in the Nigerian economic sector.

The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has ensured that for easy and quick delivery of emails within the country, it becomes necessary for the division of the nation into six regions namely; North Central, North East; North West, South East, South-South, South West. In each of these regions, all the thirty-six states of the federation are captured under it. For the digits of the postal codes used, it is necessary to fully understand what they really signify or stand for;

The first two digits signify the region within which the city falls into. Also, the second and third two digits added alongside the first two digits signify the dispatch district for outgoing sorting. While the last two digits numbers are the delivery location of the post office which could be sited in the rural environment or in the urban area.  

The emergence of postal codes in Nigeria, in particular, ensures that the postman finds it easy to fast-track the location of the nearest post office within a particular state. Knowing fully well that often times, emails can usually come from outside the state or geographical location, with the presence of the postal code the postman can quickly locate the cities post-office and get such a mail delivered which then can be transferred to the interior parts of such state which initially would never have been easily accessed by the postman.

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It is a known fact that the Nigeria government through the Nigerian Postal Service have to a large extent tried to ensured that the operation of the postal code continues despite the time and age we are in, not minding the strict competition it experiences from other courier agencies which are managed by the private individuals. It is important to strictly note here that all over the world and beyond, for example; during the process of making online transaction of goods and services delivery from online stores in e-commerce using any business platform, the postal code of the state where such a person resides in is usually demanded for in other to ensure that the goods are swiftly delivered to the customer or buyer at a safe time and at their location. For example, buyers on the following shopping platforms like Alibaba, Ali express, Jumia, Jiji, Konga, just to mention but a few. 

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