By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT Nigeria) is set to hold its 2023 National Conference and Annual General Meeting which would be Chaired by the Minister of Aviation & Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, as Special Guest of Honour.
The event which is billed to hold at the Lagos Intercontinental Hotel from 27th and 28th of November 2023 would also witness the CILT book launch titled “Perspectives on Sustainable Innovation in Global Logistics and Transport”
which would be unveiled by the Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.
Other guests of honour to grace the event are; Chief Teete Owusu-Nortey, Former Minister of Transportation, Former Minister of Aviation, Amb. Dr. (Mrs.) Kema Chikwe among others.
Speaking at a Pre-conference Webinar on Monday, Chairman Planning Committee of the conference, Prof Kayode Oyesiku said the theme of the conference is “Designing the Future of Transportation and Logistics in Africa”
According to Prof Oyesiku, the choice of holding the conference in Lagos is not unconnected with the resounding success CILT has had in the 2020 CILT Conference.
“Doing this in succession shows also that Lagos metropolis offers diversified, multimodal transportation system” he said
Also speaking, Dr Ogo Ugboma the CILT Conference Planning Subcommittee Chairman, said the institute has gone a great length to get experts in various fields to look at the discussions at the event.
Some of the discussions include; Cross Border Trade and Regional Integration, the session would be led by Prof Jonathan Aremu, an ECOWAS regional expert on trade. Others include; Infrastructure Development and Management, among other discussions.
According to Dr Ugboma, participants at the 2-day conference would go on a tour of the Lagos waterways, as well as a ride on the Lagos Light railway from Marina to Mile 2. The conference would also witness a Gala night and display of rich African cultures.
Dr Ugboma said the Annual General Meeting would be used to Inaugurate the newly elected executives of CILT Nigeria in the recently conducted electronic elections, which Barr Mrs Mfon Ekong Usoro was re-elected as President.
Also speaking during the Webinar, Prof Geraldine Okeudo said 15 papers altogether would be presented at the conference. Some of the presentations according to her, is coming from England, South Africa, Kenya among others.
On her part, President of CILT Nigeria, Barr Mfon Ekong Usoro noted that the institute is metamorphosing from the Elderly, taking up key roles, to the younger ones, taking up leadership positions.
She urged interested participants at the conference to register for the event ahead of commencement on Monday.
According to her, the conference would also offer solutions and advise on the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)
Speaking on the CILT book launch, Alhaji Bashir Mohammed Ambi, CILT Chairman Lagos State who is chairring the Publicity Committee, said the book lunch titled; “Perspective on Sustainable Innovation in Global Logistics and Transportation.” was edited by Prof Kayode Oyesiku, and scheduled for 27th November, 2023 at the venue of the conference.
On the proposed tour for participants, Alhaji Ambi said “The committee has been disseminating information for the Conference participants to register for the tour.
“The tour is tagged: ‘Experience a Refreshing Inland Water Ways Boat of Lagos Lagoon,” scheduled for 28 November,2023.
“The link to register is: htt»s: conference.ciltni:eria.or tour. The same publicity is extended toward the success of “Experience an exciting tour of the Lagos Light Rail.”