Transport sector veterans in the private and public sectors are set to converge in Lagos for the third edition of the annual Transport Leadership Lecture and Awards as icons ponder a road-map for responsive and accountable leadership in the transport agencies and institutions across the country.
The upcoming Transport Leadership Lecture being organized by Kings Communications Limited, publishers of MMS Plus newspaper, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The 2019 edition of the event on the theme; “Leadership In A ‘Next Level’ Democracy: Striking A Positive Balance In Transport Sector” will be chaired by a former President, African Ship-owners Association, Barr. Temisan Omatseye.
The Secretary-General of the Abuja MoU, Mrs. Mfon Usoro is expected to give the lead lecture; while the Chief Executive Officers of all modes of transport parastatals and institutions have been invited as Special Guest of Honours.
According to the organizers, the event would also feature an award segment for the Most Purposeful Transport Agency of the year 2018.
Some of the discussants include: Otunba Kunle Folarin, Chairman, Ports Consultative Forum; Barr. (Mrs.) Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman, Ship Owners’ Forum; Dr. Mkgeorge Onyung, President, Ship-Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Mr. Paul Ndibe, Director-General, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Nigeria, among others.
The forum will also feature the decoration of the Accident Investigation Bureau as the Most Purposeful Transport Agency of the Year 2018, an honour conferred on it after a painstaking rating of the performance of all transport sector agencies and institutions with regards to their core functions in 2018, conducted by Kings Communications Limited, quarterly in 2018.
Justifying the need for the Lecture at this time of the industry history, the leader of the organizing team, Mrs. Ifeoma Iloh, said, “The leadership of maritime industry and the transport sector agencies have not paid optimum attention to addressing the core functions of the organizations”
She stressed that the event which would witness a robust discourse on the place of digitalization and connectivity across all modes of transport in the country, would spur purposeful leadership across the transport sector and lead to immense benefits of transportation to the nation’s economy.
According to her, the lecture seeks to address the leadership content of the problems, which is the key to other problems.
“Simply put, the character or leadership qualities of a leader to a large extent determine the direction of an agency. We are calling on Nigerians and transport sector operators in particular to join the campaign for good leadership in the sector, especially against the prevailing practice of having square pegs on round roles with the concomitant consequences of vision derailment, looting of funds, human and material resources under-utilization, among others” she said.
It is expected that the outcome of the brain-storming sessions at the event would be a compass for the government’s future leadership choices in the industry and the expectations of the leaders as well as how the people can hold them accountable by measuring their performances with the actual functions of their organizations.