…Calls For Intermodal Transport System
By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has called for an efficient and proper management of our haulage subsector otherwise trucks plying on our roads to bring development, grow the country’s economy and reduce cost of doing business through an efficient in the country.
The National President of the Institute,Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril made this declaration while giving his Keynote address at the 2018 National Conference and Annual General Meeting of CILT held in Lagos at the weekend.
Mr Jibril who equally maintained that there is need for intermodal transport system in Nigeria in order to reduce the pressure on roads, at the same time said that the country is also in highly demand of a functioning steel sector that would be the reliability and sustainability of other auxiliary sub sectors of the economy.
He said, the moribund rail system that was contribute over 40% 60% of the freight tonnage in the 60s and 70s had become a history in the past two decades and had fallen to as low as four per cent.
The president also spoke of the poor usage of the inland waterways as one of the intermodal transport modes and must be effectively be utilized as an alternative means of transportation.
Jibril who put the patronage of the inland waterways as low as one per cent in volume, also stated that Nigeria was yet to put many of her inland waterways (ports) into use due to mainly lack of proper development, like in the cases of Onitsha port and Lokoja port recently commissioned by the government.
He spoke of the aviation sector: ”Our aviation sector is beginning to pick up. Our locally generated traffic in this sector composed of the heavy electoral materials lifted during the last national election. The other sizable components relate to the consignments from the Courier services and the online shopping shipments. It should be recognized that there are small pockets of aggregate tonnes of loads from very informal sector, carrying farm produce to the city centres. In the light of the scenario painted above, it is therefore clear that it is just the road trucks that we, as a nation, had relied upon to grow our economy, hope to drive down inflation through cost effectiveness in economic regulation of our ports but not with the pricing of the freight for the truck services”.
At the election conducted during the institute’s Annual General Meeting held at Golden Tulip, Festac,Lagos, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibrin retained his seat as the National President while others who emerged victorious are , Dr Alban Igwe, Deputy National President; Mrs Margret Ogbonna, Vice President(West); Femi Jemirin, Vice President (North) and Mr Anthony Onoharigho, Vice President (East)
Others include: Ebahe Enakpona ,Maritime Mode Representative; Hajia Dino kotun, Female Representative; Edeeyinwo Obimisede ,Railways Representative; Filibus Billy Edwin, Road Mode Representative; Mr Oluwole ,Logistics Mode Representative; Ayuk Bisong, Pipeline Mode Representative and Othman Yarima, Aviation Mode Representative.
The AGM was well attended by members of the institute drawn from the road transport, maritime, rail and aviation industries.