Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria, inducted Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, as Chartered Fellow.
On Thursday, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria inducted the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, as a Chartered Fellow of the institute.
Also inducted are the Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, foremost maritime lawyer, Chairman Shippers Forum, Mrs. Magreth Orakwusi, and 29 others.
The inducted at the 2021 CILT Fellows and Corporate Members Forum held in Lagos with the theme: “Optimising Opportunities in African Continental Free Trade Agreement through Logistics and Transport Services.”
News reported the inauguration of 12 persons as chartered fellows, eight as chartered members, and 12 as corporate members.
Responding after the induction, Ajani, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, said that getting excellence in whatever one does is to professionalize its practice.
According to her, professionalization of the practice requires training, retraining, interacting with people who have experience in the field.
“The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is a professional body that is very relevant in the logistics and transport sector.
“And of course, there are others. If we all work together with this group of people and position the industry highly in the profession, we expect efficient service delivery and improvement in the sector”.
“It takes all of us, land, water, air, and rail to come together to make a functional intermodal seamless transport sector in Nigeria,” Ajani said.
She also pointed out that it would be a lot of hard work, adding that the Federal Ministry of Transportation is in charge of coordinating these sub-sectors.
In her presentation, Ms. Funmi Folorunsho, Co-champion on Transportation, African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), said that CILT had intellectual capacity in logistics and transport but unfortunately was missing in action.
Ms. Folorunsho urged them to optimize their logistics and transport sector strength to impact society positively.
She called on them to prioritize their already identified opportunities and strategize so that their implementation guidelines align with national strategy.
In her earlier address, Mrs. Mfon Ekong Usoro, National President CILT, Nigeria, noted that today’s discourse on AfCFTA was one of the strategies to prepare operators in the logistics and transport space for full participation in AfCFTA.
According to her, Nigeria should not only be viewed as the most significant player to be exploited by its trade partners. Still, it should evolve to be the logistics hub for the continent.
“We aim to work with all partners in the industry to drive up the logistics efficiency index for the country.
“Consequently, starting from 2020, CILT Nigeria will publish a Logistics and Transport Advisory and Forecast quarterly,” she said.
Usoro said that CILT, with its array of experts, including professors and entrepreneurs in every field of logistics and transport, would work with the government and other stakeholders to implement their recommendations.
“CILT joins the throngs of Nigerians to urge the government to issue the Transport Policy document this December,” she said.
Usoro said that personalities inducted were known to occupy very esteemed positions of responsibilities in the logistics and transport industry and had achieved prominence in the industry.
“We expect that they will continue to further the interest of the logistics and transport industry and strive to upgrade and improve efficiency and profitability in the sector continuously,” she said.
CILT is the leading international professional body for all sectors of the transport and logistics Industry founded in the United Kingdom in 1919.
It was granted a Royal Charter in 1926. The CILT, established to promote knowledge of logistics and transport science, and art provide authoritative views for communication to government and industry.
CILT Nigeria, founded in 1958 as an international branch of CILT International, focused on education and training, certification, setting standards of practice, licensing of professionals in logistics, transport, and supply chain management.