Vice-President, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Nigeria, Mallam Ibrahim Jibril has called on women to identify and take up careers in the logistics and transport industry to facilitate growth in the economy.
The logistics and transport industry is one traditionally-male terrain which only started to feel the vibes of womenfolk recently, leading to the formation of a women’s wing now known as Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) by female members of CILT Nigeria, comprising the aviation, maritime, road, rail and logistics industries.
However, according to Jibril who spoke recently at a health walk organized by WILAT in commemoration of its 6th Founders’ Day anniversary in Lagos, women are still very much underrepresented in the industry.
“There is so much we can achieve with women. That is why we need as many of them as we can gather to become professionals in the logistics and transport industry.
“That is our aim and that is what we want to achieve,” he said, while also reaffirming CILT’s support for WILAT.
Speaking on the rationale behind the choice of a health walk from Ikoyi to Lekki through the link bridge in celebration of WILAT’s 6th anniversary, the Founder and Global Convener of WILAT, Hajia Aisha Ibrahim said, “We operate in very hazardous environments. We have more challenges than women who do duties in the office hence the need for this healthy approach to mark our day. Walking, they say, helps people stay both physically and mentally healthy.”
The 2016 WILAT Day walk was attended by several high level professions from the major modest transportation including land, sea, air and rail.
Copyright Ships & Ports Ltd. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit given to www.shipsandports.com.ng as the source.