CILT proposes transport regulatory council for Nigeria
LAGOS-In order to put an end to the ‘all comers affair’ nature of transportation business in Nigeria and to further professionalize the system, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria, has proposed to the federal government the need to regulate transportation business in Nigeria through the establishment of a Transportation Regulatory Council.
The institute has also said that the creation of the transport regulatory council will bring about a mandatory human capital development requirement that will produce skilled operatives, transport supervisors, competent transport managers and certified transport professionals that will drive the Nigerian economy efficiently.
Giving this proposition in Lagos last week at the General Assembly and conference of the CILT, Director of Education Planning and Research of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and Fellow of the CILT, Barrister Alban Igwe, explained that the creating of this council is necessary because the increase in the loss of lives and properties, poor quality services and capital flight arising from using expatriate staff in specialized areas of transport in Nigeria is giving the institute a great concern.
In a paper presentation titled “Regulation of Professional Practice in the Logistics and Transport Sector” Barrister Igwe lamented that “the high level of accidents on our roads reflects a fundamental problem that can be solved using appropriate legal instruments, furthermore, compliance with standards require that a body be charged with the responsibility for developing standards and ensuring compliance”
He said that the regulatory council will have to work with training providers to ensure that skilled persons and ‘’not just certificate carrying persons” are produced and supplied appropriately to the industry for efficient delivery of transport and allied services.
He also said that the proliferation of motor cycles commonly known as ‘Okada’ which over the years has emerged as a new mode of transportation in Nigeria has done more harm than good to the country.
In his keynote address, the immediate past president of the CILT, Professor Michael Filani corroborated that the transport sector in Nigeria is still facing lots of problems which can only be solved by improving capacity building in the logistics and transport sector of the economy.
Professor Filani while giving his stewardship as president of the institute in the past 6years commended the past administrations as well as the Lagos State Government for at one state or the other choosing members of the institute to hold critical positions in government and to improve the transport sector.
He expressed the intentions of the CILT to engage the federal and state government more in the development of transport policies.
Professor Filani however appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan through the federal ministry of transport to support the CILT by giving the “necessary financial and technical support to all the institutions that have direct responsibility of training and producing professional transportants”