FCILT INTERVIEW: “This could possibly be the real dawn for non-oil export and beginning of industrialization and balanced development”

1)    Let’s start with some background on the CILT, your goals, members and the accomplishments of the organisation thus far?
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is a global Institute covering over 30 countries. It was first established in the United Kingdom in 1919 and in Nigeria in 1958. Nigeria has grown to become a territory and the only territory in Africa. Membership is on the rise both at individual and corporate levels. So we can fairly predict a brighter future for the institute in Nigeria.

2) What does it mean to be a CILT territory?
A CILT territory means we have built capacity and capacity to handle a lot of things that would otherwise have been referred to the designated offices by the international secretariat. We are now able to process membership, conduct exams and coordinate activities in the region. it also means that we now have an international vice president who represents us at the international council. the territorial status offers us a lot of latitude to initiate and complete quite a number of stuff and that counts for the entire CILT family as it portends to growth.

3)    Are there any specific projects/developments of the FCILT that you are particularly excited about?
Yes, the Institute has just concluded an investiture for the New Council and induction of newly elected members. The bigger project, however, is the CILT Bill which is before the Nigerian National Assembly.

4)  What is the CILT Bill about and how will it change the industry?
The CILT Bill is essentially the government's endorsement of the professional role of the institute empowering the institute to handle professional regulation, licensing, standard setting, advocacy and advisory services to both the public and private sector. It means that logistics and transport will move from business as usual to ethically guided and professionally efficient services. It means that logisticians and transportants will be recognized as professionals and accorded their place in national development. This is very desirable now that services drive the global economy contributing about 70% of global GDP. Logistics and transport are now the most critical factors in national and global competitiveness and the most sensible thing in getting it right is making is an act of the Parliament or National Assembly as is our case.

5)    What in your view are the main challenges to the logistics and transport sectors in Nigeria?
In simple words – lack of professionalism, strategy,  poor infrastructure and the near absence of regulation.

6)    In your view, how important is the Nigerian government’s announcement that due to the country’s ports being overstretched, it will create dry ports for the different geopolitical zones?
Fantastic idea. Actually the dry port project is long overdue but it is better late than never.

7)    What opportunities will these zones create?
This could possibly be the real dawn for non-oil export and beginning of industrialization and balanced development.

8)    What is your vision for the industry?
Our vision for the industry is the establishment of Nigeria as logistic hub, development and promotion of professionalism in logistics and transport, promote study and research and develop a regulatory framework for industry.

9)    You will be a featured speaker at Multimodal West Africa in Lagos next year, how important will this event be for the industry in your view?
This event is not only important but very critical to the industry because logistics efficiency has become one of the major parameters for competitiveness and this message is conveyed very strongly in the World Bank’s Global Logistics Performance Index (LPI) Report. Efficient transportation will contribute positively to climate change regime and carbon foot print.

10)    What will be your message to the industry at MMWA?
- Get ready to compete through logistics and transport strategy.
- Be a registered professional.
- Focus of logistic hub development and leverage on the new logistic economy for wealth and job creation.