CIoTA, CILT Plan Merger To Enhance Professionalism In Transport Sector
By Kenneth Jukpor
Two of the nation’s leading professional transport institutes; Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIoTA) Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria have initiated plans for a merger.
The President of CIoTA Nigeria, Dr. Bashir Jamoh revealed this recently during a chat with journalists in Lagos, noting that the move would further enshrine professionalism across the nation’s transport sector.
Jamoh encouraged other stakeholders in the transportation industry to take a cue from both institutions and explore strategies for partnerships and collaborations that would make the industry better.
The CIoTA President noted that CIoTA boasts more professors and Academicians in its membership, while CILT had more operators and workers from various transport parastatals.
According to him, CIoTA wouldn’t be buoyed by the fact that it has gotten the Charter which represents legal backing to professionalize the industry, but the group is willing to unite with an important and strategic partner in CILT.
His words: “Today, CIOTA is the institute that has the Charter as recognised by the Nigerian law, but as I speak with you, we are having talks between CIOTA and CILT to merge so that we can have a formidable force”
“We look at ourselves to evaluate our strengths, in CIOTA we discovered we have so many professors and academicians, while CILT has quality memberships, so if they should bring their quality memberships and we bring our academicians, we would be able to move together”
Dr. Jamoh, who is also the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), had gotten the CIOTA charter finalised within his maiden four months as the CIoTA President in 2019.