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LASU School Of Transport To Begin Mandatory CILT Courses

LASU School Of Transport To Begin Mandatory CILT Courses

Lagos State University (LASU) School of Transport is set to mandate professional courses of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria as part of the requirements before graduating students from the school.

This decision was reached when delegates of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor of LASU Prof. Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun yesterday.

The CILT Nigeria delegates led by its Deputy National President, Mr. Alban Igwe was received by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Adewale Noah.

Addressing the LASU management, the CILT International Vice President, Mr. Francis Ehiguese urged the School of Transport to mandate its students to undergo CILT courses before graduating. He stressed that such initiative would enhance the level of professionalism in the logistics of the students and increase their marketability.

Mr. Francis Ehiguese recalled that when he was National Executive Director, CILT Nigeria, LASU presented about 49 candidates to undergo CILT examinations but he decried the reduction in students from LASU taking CILT examinations.

Francis, who currently represents Nigeria on the CILT International council also called for jointly organized conferences by CILT and LASU’s School of Transport in order to enrich the volume of knowledge about the sector.

However, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Adewale Noah while receiving the delegates said, “We are very happy that you decided to visit us. We are trying to partner with LAG-Buses so that they could help convey our students from the Igando area to school. Next week we are going to be graduating about 6,000 students but our convocation list is more than 40,000 students, this means we need a lot of mechanical manpower”

The Deputy Vice Chancellor was delighted to receive several books and journals from the Institute and he thanked the CILT delegates for the kind gesture.

Responding to the mandatory CILT courses, the Dean of the School Of Transport, Mr. Samuel Odewumi commended the idea, noting that similar initiatives have been utilized in other departments like Accounting where students are required to sit for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) examinations before graduating.

However, Odewumi also lamented the lack of students to patronize the school and called on the CILT delegates to recommend it to its members.

Odewumi, who is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Nigeria, agreed that a more robust relationship between LASU and CILT was necessary for the development of the Nigerian transport through capacity. He also noted that the school was reviewing its curriculum in order to enhance the output, but promised to send delegates to begin preparations for annual conferences.

“Curriculum is the software application that every academic institution thrives on”, Odewumi said.

Meanwhile, the CILT Deputy National President, Mr. Alban Igwe solicited for an introduction of online DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) in order to satisfy the yearnings of industry stakeholders who may want to enhance their knowledge and academic qualifications but lack the luxury of going to the universities or may be unwilling to do so.

Alban Igwe has stated earlier that the purpose of the visit was to enhance the capacity in the logistics and supply chain and create a seamless relationship between the Institute and the School of Transport.

“Nobody has gone beyond capacity building. If you do get to that stage, you would find yourself becoming obsolete. So we are here because we want to enhance the capacity here through certain strategic partnerships and to also build on the relationship between the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and LASU”, he said.

Alban Igwe had noted earlier that more universities abroad have embraced online career compared to Nigeria and Africa at large.

However, the Director General of the African Centre for Supply Chain (ACSC), Dr. Obiora Madu proposed partnerships between the African Centre for Supply Chain and LASU School of Transport to carry out MBA and DBA programmes.

Dr. Obiora, who is also a Fellow of CILT Nigeria, maintained that such programmes would increase the patronage of the LASU School of Transport.

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Nigeria Ship Finance Conference Gets NIMASA Endorsement

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The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency  (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has endorsed the Nigeria Ship Finance Conference and Exhibition (NISFCOE) as a credible initiative set to positively influence the shipping industry.

Peterside made this remark on Friday when organizers of the annual event visited him in his office in Lagos.

Addressing the team, Peterside who commended the efforts of the organization in enlightening stakeholders on available ship finance/ funding opportunities described the initiative as credible and worthy of being sustained.

The Director General said that the overwhelming industry support and acceptance the event received showed how necessary it is in the maritime sector, hence, he promised to support, strengthen and sustain the event as demanded by stakeholders.

Earlier, the team thanked the Director General for supporting the project and handed him a copy of the communique from NISFCOE 2016.

Nigeria Ship Finance Conference & Exhibition (NISFCOE) is an annual Ship Finance Conference organized by Captain Buoy Consulting Ltd in conjunction with Hannan Media Ltd.

NISFCOE debuted in October 2016 and aims at enlightening maritime stakeholders in Nigeria of available finance/ funding opportunities, identifying sources of finance, accessing and managing the finance.

 

 

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