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Logistics experts chart path to effective intermodal transport system

By Sulaimon Salau and Gloria Nwafor
07 August 2022   |   4:00 am
With Nigeria ranked 126 out of 150 on the global Logistics Performance Index (LPI), stakeholders in the logistics and transport chain have expressed the need for a turnaround on the development of the sector.

With Nigeria ranked 126 out of 150 on the global Logistics Performance Index (LPI), stakeholders in the logistics and transport chain have expressed the need for a turnaround on the development of the sector.

They argued that it was pertinent for the country to operate at par with the comity of nations for economic competitiveness.

The stakeholders, who noted that the importance of logistics in the economic development of nations could not be overemphasised, maintained that wherever the LPIs are weak, the economy of the nation is vulnerable and susceptible to uncertainty and high business risks.

Addressing a press conference ahead of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) 2022 national conference and yearly general meeting, the institute’s Chairman, Planning Committee, Prof. Kayode Oyesiku, said given the observed socio-economic phenomena in Nigeria from recent past to the present, there was the need for policy makers and operators, among others, to embrace sustainability and competitiveness among the league of allied nations to achieve the desired goal.

Noting that intermodality was critical to Nigeria’s development, he bemoaned that the country was still operating a mono-structured mode of transportation.

According to him, the conference will put out the particular direction, where policy makers can come together to ensure an expanded mode of transportation.

“There is the need to reduce the mess in Apapa. We intend to deepen the practical steps of improving on the observed gaps of the sector and enhance the resilience of the vast industry through applied methodologies,” he said.

He said the conference, which is slated to hold on the October 11 and 12, 2022, in Lagos, has ‘Sustainable Innovations in Global Logistics and Transport’ as theme.

The don said the conference, which is expected to attract scores of delegates, will encourage multidisciplinary networks, provide platforms for academics and professionals to identify and examine the challenges, as well as proffer effective solutions for national logistics and transport operations.

He said the conference will lead conversations, primarily aimed at interrogating the future of logistics and transport operations in Nigeria, especially within the context of a rapidly changing service environment, technological innovations and extensive planning dynamics that characterise logistics, transport and supply chain at the present time.

As part of the conference, he added that there would a technical guided tour to the Lekki Deep Seaport and Eko Atlantic City, to share in their development stories, there strategies for present success levels and future plans.