By Joy Mmereole Okoli
The Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport (CILT), has confirmed the dates for its annual General Conference.
Speaking at the press conference held today at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Chairman, Conference Planning Committee of the Institute, Prof. Kayode Oyesiku said the Annual General Meeting will take place in October.
“The Annual General Meeting (AGM), themed: “Sustainable Innovations in Global Logistics and Transport” is scheduled to hold at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, on Tuesday October 11th and Wednesday October 12th, 2022.
He said the event is intended to attract scores of delegates from within and outside Nigeria, including business leaders, the academia and policy makers.
” It will encourage multidisciplinary networks and will 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.
Prof Kayode highlighted that one of the challenges of CILT is the ranking of Nigeria in the world globally and ways to tackle it.
“Nigeria ranks 126 in the logistic performing globally across the world. The global performance index is an indication of how we are doing as far as transportation is concerned particularly the way we do business that involves mobility of goods and services”.
“The importance of logistics in the economic development of nations cannot be overemphasized. He said the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) of nations is now the yardstick for measuring their economic resilience and competitiveness. “Where ever the LPIs are weak, the economy is vulnerable and susceptible to uncertainty and high business risks.
“Our ranking even though slightly improved than what we have before say two years ago. The objective of the CILT is through this kind of conference, point out to the policy makers, those that are involved in turning around the Logistics and transport direct them to certain areas that they can look to in turning things around,” he said.
Prof Kayode stated that the Conference has also added a tour as part of the activities expected of the event. They will be touring the Lekki Deep Sea Port and the Eko Atlantic City as part of this years programme.
“We have equally added a tour of innovative plans across Lagos State hosting the Conference. We want to visit the Lekki Deep Sea Port, which is one of the largest in Africa. And the other area we want to visit is the EKO Atlantic City.
“Most major new cities do have transportation challenges particularly across the socio-economic group but because we are looking at sustainable innovation in transportation and logistics. We want to go there with the view of advising those developing that city in corporation of sustainable transportation for all.
“For me in particular, I have been an urban transport planner in many cities across the world and what have been observed is that across this particular template that I have visited, and also featured in. He said professional transport body like the CILT are often involved in the planning of the transportation for those new cities. “We also not want to be left out in this particular event,” he stated.
Prof Oyesiku said the event is an opportunity for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for industry stakeholders and affords an excellent platform for networking with businesses, colleagues, and experts in various fields of interest.
“As we dissect the logistics and transport industry from different cognitive perspectives, delegates will discover new and innovative solutions to logistics and transport challenges that can impact their businesses and professional practices, he said.
Some of the Dignitaries expected to grace the occasion are the International President of CILT, Mr Paul Sainthouse. Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo, Ghana’s CILT President, Chief Teete Owusu-Nortey.
He said the import of all this is to put into font burner, the Internationalization of CILT which was established in November1926. Consisting of 100 countries as part of the institute with about 33,000 members. Some of them are slated to grace the occasion.