CILT inducts 23 Army logistics staff into institute as members


…upgrade four NACOL staff to chartered members, fellows                      

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria on Friday inducted the 23 graduating students of the Nigerian Army College of Logistics (NACOL) as members of the institute with a call to develop themselves through the Mandatory Professional Development programme afforded members by the institute.

Presenting the graduands to the National President of the institute for the administration of Oath and induction, the National Executive Director of CILT, Mr. Paul Ndibe observed that there were several Fellows of the institute, some of them in uniform including the Commandant of the college, Major Gen. Osazele Idowu Uzamere.

While thanking the Commandant, Ndibe stated that he (Commandant) was aware that in the United Kingdom (UK), the Military in recognition of the level of education they had in terms of logistics, had collaboration with the Institute adding that for this level of officers, they were being accorded the status of full members of the institute.

“Being a member of the institute, they thought it was important Military officers, once they are in this school, to undertake this course to have the same privilege with the Military in the UK and that informed our collaboration with the Nigerian Army College of Logistics.

This collaboration has been in existence because one of the Commandants of this school, Major Gen. Usman (rtd.) happened to be our immediate National President and a Fellow of the institute. The institute, I must say, has been responsible for growing human capacity in the industry having collaborations with Universities, setting standards and accrediting some of the Universities to teach logistics, transport and maritime studies. Over ten of the Universities we have accredited and they do that and when you possess the final certificate of the institute, which is the International Advanced Diploma Certificate, you will be admitted to do a direct Master’s Degree in any of those Universities.

“For the graduating students today, we have what is called Mandatory Professional Development programme where they have to pass through some level of professional education to level up areas of gap and we are satisfied that today, courtesy of the President and the National Council, we will be inducting them as members of the institute. Two of their Directing Staff will also be upgraded to Chartered members of the institute and of course, two of the previous members at Chartered membership level will today be inducted as chartered Fellows of the institute”, he said.

Speaking shortly before administering the oath and to formally induct them as members, the President of the institute, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril described the Nigerian Army Logistics course as a programme that brought so much of professional calling unto the officers of the Nigerian Army who were into logistics in the Nigeria Army.

He reiterated that the Nigerian Army had been collaborating with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in seeing to inculcating some of its professional course module into the programmes that they were running in that course and that at all times, they (Army) invite the institute to support and to look at the content of the programme and see that it conformed with the professional calling as far as logistics and transport was concerned

“And today, in addition to the graduation, we also conferred on some of their very senior officers grades of membership. So basically, this is why we are here and this is an annual event just to strengthen the collaboration between the Military and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport”, he stated.

On the benefit of the institute to the Nigerian Army officers, the National President said,” You know there is no Military without logistics, there is no profession without logistics. So, if they are not on top of their logistics calling at all times, that means the Nigerian Army will be found wanting particularly now that we have challenges and we are surmounting the issue of insurgency. So, more and more logistics requirements are being expected from the Nigerian Army and I think this is why the Nigerian Army College of Logistics has up their game and I will tell you, we are proud of them. What is happening right now, you see the progress the Nigerian Army has made in terms of curtailing insurgency in the country. You can see the relative peace that we are experiencing now. Agreed, there is scores of insurgents coming up in form of guerilla warfare but the military has up its game the more so that they can address those issues better than they were doing before.

Speaking on the institute’s areas of collaboration, he added,” We are collaborating with all modes of transportation. Right now, we are collaborating with the Nigerian Air Force, we are collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps and then we are collaborating with other organizations and sectors in the logistics and supply chain industry and many of these organizations in the different modes of transport are corporate members of the institute and their staff are individual members of the institute.

“So, in terms of collaboration, we are almost everywhere because logistics and transport touches on every of life’s endeavor and that is what we are trying to say, that at all times, people become professionals. There are practitioners anyway who have no professionalized yet but our effort is seeing that more and more of such practitioners are becoming professionals in logistics and transport and supply chain.”

Photo: National Executive Director, CILT (3rd Right) and President CILT, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril (5th Right) a group photograph with representative of COAS, Major Gen. AA Tarfa, Commandant of NACOL, Major Gen. OI Uzamere during the graduation ceremony of Course 16 NACOL on Friday.

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