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Dakuku calls maritime, logistics, heartbeat of globalisation

…Bags CILT Fellowship Award

National President,
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Mr. Ibrahim Jibril
presenting a plaque to the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and an inductee, Dr. Dakuku Peterside during the CILT
Leadership Impact Programme (CLIP) and the induction of new fellows held in

The Director General of the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has
described the maritime sector and logistics as the driving force behind
globalisation, stressing that everything about trade and development is centred
on maritime transport and logistics.

Dakuku stated this at the inauguration of Council Members of the
Chattered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and investiture of
Fellowship awards held in Lagos recently. 
He noted that NIMASA was working hard
to ensure that Nigeria continued to position itself for optimal benefits from
international transport and logistics.

The Director General said
NIMASA was willing and ready to partner with CILT, as they are very crucial to
the growth of the maritime sector.

Dakuku said, The maritime sector is all about movement of
goods from one point to another and this cannot be done without logistics. This
is a confirmation of the fact that everything about trade and development
depends solely on logistics.”

The DG, who spoke on behalf
of other awardees shortly after the investiture of the Fellowship awards,
assured that they will all work together to ensure the quick passage of the Act
establishing the CILT. He expressed optimism that the bill would be passed
before the end of next year and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The NIMASA Director General
commended the leadership of CILT for their commitment to the development of the
transportation sector, pledging that the new inductees will ensure that CILT is
established on a sound footing in Nigeria and that capacity building of members
will be made a priority.

Speaking at the event also,
the National President of CILT, Mr. Jibril Ibrahim, pledged the commitment of
CILT to the growth of the maritime sector in Nigeria.  

Ibrahim also
emphasised the critical role of logistics in the actualisation of a robust
maritime sector and promised that the body will continue to partner relevant
agencies and stakeholders to make Nigeria’s maritime sector viable and

The CILT President, who is also the Director, Maritime Labour Services
at NIMASA, called for more inter-agency collaboration to solve the problem of
traffic congestion at the port area.

On his part, the Director
General of the African Centre for Supply Chains, Dr. Obiora Madu, who was
Chairman of the occasion, suggested a stronger partnership with the various
agencies in the area of capacity building.

Madu noted that the
intellectual capacity of the institute was needed in the agencies of
government. He charged the inductees to bring in their wealth of experience and
expertise to assist CILT achieve its aim of realising a viable transportation

The highpoint of the event
was the award of Fellowship to deserving industry stakeholders, who have
contributed to the growth of the maritime sector. Among the inductees were Dr.
Dakuku; Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Miss Hadiza
Bala Usman; and Managing Director of Creseda International Limited, Mr. Jonas

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