…NPA MD To Support WiLAT
The President of Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) Nigeria, Hajia Aisha Ali-Ibrahim has admonished the federal government to allow the professionals in the transport sector to make input to policies affecting the sector.
The WiLAT founder, Hajia Aisha disclosed this recently during the 4th Women in Logistics and Transport, Nigeria (WiLAT) Day 2016.
“I believe that professionals should be allowed to do their jobs. It doesn’t matter who sits in the office, what matters is that professionals are allowed to make input and recommendations that can move the transport sector forward” Aisha said.
She also lamented that there were several challenges facing the transport industry but asserted that many of those hitches could be easily surmounted if the government listens to industry experts before making policies.
However, Aisha stated that the international body was focused on mentoring in assisting more women to excel in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Social Responsibility. She described WILAT as a forum for networking locally and internationally and empowered women by equipping them professionally.
Ali-Ibrahim said that mentoring was indeed an irreplaceable ladder to sustainable development, adding that mentoring should be applied in all spheres of life and should be related to all areas of human endeavours.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Ms Hadiza Usman has urged women in the maritime industry to engage in mentoring other women in logistics to complement men’s efforts in the industry.
The new NPA boss disclosed this last week while unveiling the WILAT Impact, Mentoring Programme at the 4th Women in Logistics and Transport, Nigeria (WiLAT) Day 2016.
She pledged to support the Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) in its bid to empower and mentor more women towards becoming leaders in the industry. She also urged WILAT Nigeria to encourage more women to venture into logistics and transport.
“I have been informed about the impact of WiLAT globally. I commend their zeal. I will accord you my maximum support so as to jointly make the maritime industry the envy of all”, she said.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Serve & Logistics Ltd., Mrs. Chinwe Ezenwa has said that port infrastructure globally is under enormous strain with congestion and delays.
Ezenwa stated this while delivering a paper titled “Logistics and Trade Facilitation”. She mentioned the challenges to trade facilitation and logistics to include; lack of supporting infrastructure, policy somersault and inconsistency, poor human resource capacity development, etc.
“As world seaborne trade continues to expand, infrastructure struggles to keep pace, thus there is need for greater investment in infrastructure and a greater balance between environmental sensitivities and the needs of international, multi-modal business” Ezenwa said.