The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria has called on heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to support and engage the presidency and lawmakers for the bill seeking to charter the Institute pending before the National Assembly.

The Institute said passage of the bill into law would provide job opportunities for Nigerians as the transportation sector is the biggest contributor to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of the nation’s economy

Speaking at the CILT Leadership Impact Programme (CLIP) and induction of a new council executives in Lagos on Tuesday, a fellow of the institute and  Director General, Africa Centre for Supply Chain, Dr.Madu Obiora appealed to the Chief Executive Officers of all transport and logistics agencies in the country to rally support for the passage of the bill, as it would professionalize the sub-sector for greater performance.

Dr. Obiora who specifically, called on the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman and her counterparts in the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Peterside Dakuku and Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr. Hassan Bello who were inducted as fellows , to assist the foremost logistics institute by engaging the executive and legislative arms of the government for the bill passage.

The CILT fellow said  that passage of the bill”will bring about standardisation and certification that would be accepted by all the agencies in the sector and the National University Commission.”

According to him, “The challenge in the industry is that everybody claims to be a professional and to be able to prepare itself for all these CILT is working for the success of the sector”.

He also stressed the need for a database analysis of professionals that would serve as a guide for intellectual capacity to the relevant agencies.

Continuing, the Multi Mix Academy founder pointed out that issues relating to research and data management are some of the key areas the bill when passed into law would address.

“As we speak, one of the biggest challenges we have in the industry is that of data and CILT is ready to work with the agencies to enable it move to the next level of 4.0.

He said CILT was currently undergoing the process of getting the latest technological certification and has also engaged the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on how to extend the certification to members.

Earlier, National President of CILT, Alhaji Ibrahim Jubril charged both the government and the private sectors to ensure the passage of the bill.

Jubril added that there are enormous benefits in the passage of the bill.

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