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Logistics and transport policy will attract private sector investment, says CILT


The President, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Ibrahim Jibril, has said the national policy on logistics and transport will attract private sector investment and encourage private participation in the quest for transport development in Nigeria.

Jibril, who said this at the CILT Industry and Leadership Lecture and Induction, recently in Lagos, maintained that the institution’s plan to increase visibility by remaining a key driver of the nation’s economy would be achievable when it becomes a chatter of the parliament in Nigeria, which the policy provides.

According to him, the institution intends to partake in every function that can benefit the nation, and is set to proffer professional assistance to enhance the different modes of transportation in Nigeria.

He said: “CILT Nigeria has been working closely with the government on advocacy on the ease of doing business, and we have been proffering advice in that regard. In regards to railway, Nigeria is not performing optimally as expected because there are challenges.

“There is the port access challenge, as we have only had the rail line connected to Apapa Ports, and the bad state of the roads is being addressed, but the government has plans on improving the rail system to be extended to other ports in the country.”

Jibril noted that the draft of the national policy of logistics and transport has been submitted to the National Assembly, and that CILT worked and participated actively with the committee during the process.

He continued, “We have sufficient active provisions in that draft, and we are sure that it will take care of any transport issue or whatever we want to do. It took care of not only the modes of transportation, but also capacity building, education and training.

“Infrastructural development is of key importance as long as transport development is concerned in Nigeria and the draft will take care of that. I think we should have a logistics policy, which is encompassing in solving the logistic and transport problems, and that is what we have presented.”

Jibril also noted that new members being inducted had distinguished themselves in different areas of excellence, and gained due recognition from the institute, adding that some of them has added to learning and skill acquisition in the industry.

The Vice President, CILT East, Prof Osi Akpoghomeh, during his lecture congratulated the inductees, and urged them to join in capacity building of the nation.

He noted the induction of new members is a sign that the more people come on board as professionals, the more professionals the nation has, and the more it will impact positively on the logistics and transport industry.

Akpoghomeh maintained that people are now interested in becoming professionals than just being operators, which is a key indicator that CILT is moving the nation forward with the number of people they are training with their capacity building programmes.

The institution made known its intention to boost the African body next year by setting up an African forum that will address human and infrastructural capacity building, which are issues that hamper the development of logistics and transportation in Africa.

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