CILT: Jibril pledges to domesticate charter in Nigeria

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…To attract Governments’ attention to logistics and transport services

 The 20th investiture ceremony of the National Council and induction of newly elected members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria, took place on Saturday, 10th of December 2016 at the Colonades Hotel, Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

National President of CILT, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, FCILT, in his opening remarks, restated his commitment to the promises he made to members to earn their mandate among which is the final push to conclusion of the CILT charter bill, which is currently in the National Assembly.

Another is capacity building for members to acquire modern skills in the discharge of their responsibilities in various sectors of the transport logistics supply chain.

The National President promised that he would ensure that all members have a voice in the governance of CILT as well as to continuously encourage the female professionals to improve on their service delivery especially through the Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) wing.

To take the pride of place in the economic running of Nigeria, Alhaji Jibril promised to bring to the consciousness of all officials of governments at the local, state and federal levels in no distant time, the very essence of logistics and transport to national economic growth.

The chairman of the occasion – Mr. Felix Ovbude, FCILT and one time Managing Director of Eastern Ports of the Nigeria ports Authority (NPA), lamented that fifty-eight years down the line, CILT was yet to be chartered in Nigeria challenging the new National President to consolidate on his predecessor’s gains, to bring to fruition, the much desired CILT Nigeria bill/Act which he said would eventually open the floodgates to expansive opportunities in the business of logistics and transport delivery services and consultancy in Nigeria.

Mr. Ovbude pointedly told Alhaji Jibril that he had a great opportunity to change for the better, the sad narrative of CILT Nigeria.

Guest lecturer at the event and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Multimix Academy, Dr. Obiora Madu took participants through the enchanting and professionally exciting world of logistics, warning that if Nigeria fails to get its act together and key into the fast growing economic sector, Nigeria would not be able to compete globally, while others continue to leverage on its advantages.

Currently, logistics and transport studies are on offer at Lagos State University (LASU), Redeemers University of Nigeria (RUN, University of Port-Harcourt and Multimix Academy.
Thirty-six (36) members inducted at the ceremony were elected chartered fellows, sworn in by oath Administrator and lawyer, Barr. Francis Otaigbe Agbonighale, after which they were presented with their certificates and plaques.

Among the inductees were: Mr. Abiodun Olubunmi Akindolire, FCILT, Brig.Gen.BN.Salami, FCILT, Captain Ejikeme Gabriel Okwu, FCILT, AVM. Haruna Rasheed Mohammed(Rtd)FCILT, Otunba Babatunde Mashood Keshinro, FCILT, Mrs Josephine Nimma Ande, FCILT Dr.Adegboyega Adebayo Karim, FCILT, Mrs Juliana Obiageli Saka, FCILT and Dahiru Sa’adu, FCILT.

Also, one hundred and thirty-two (132) members inducted were elected as chartered members, administered an oath and presented with their certificates and plaques among whom is Mr. Joe Sanni.

Further, 135 members were elected as chartered members and administered an oath of allegiance too.

Chief Chris Orode, a former Director at the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, was honoured with an award for his contributions to the growth in logistics and transport in Nigeria.

Mr. Nathaniel Okoro, FCILT (London) who had over 60 years work experience in the fundamentals and integrals of transportation and logistics as science and art, had thirty-eight of those years working in the mainstream of Nigeria Railway Corporation and the last thirty years undertaking commissioned studies on railway and transport related research and management projects, was given an award for his intimidating contributions to logistics and transport sector of Nigerian economy.

Recalling his involvement in the affairs of Nigeria CILT before stepping aside, while thanking CILT for the award, he posed certain questions that requested members and leaders of CILT to act with unity of purpose, to be able to achieve the lofty ideals of CILT International.

The event attracted so many members, their families and friends.

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