Many Africans and foreigners who were at the Kigali Conference Centre in Rwanda Africa, will for a long time share tears of joy during the inauguration of Ibrahim Jibril” as international Vice President and Chairman of CILT, Africa.
By Ovie Edomi
Ibrahim Jibril, the immediate past National President, of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Nigeria is a retired Director with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The newly elected executives were inaugurated during the annual CILT Africa forum held from April 24 to 27. The 2023 conference, which had its theme “Logistics and Infrastructure Development as an Engine for sustainable implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)”, with discussants drawn from various countries within and outside Africa focused on issues pertaining to supply chain, logistics, and transport issues affecting the African Continent.
Speaking at the event, Ibrahim Jibril expressed his appreciation to the International President, Paul Sainthouse and the President-Elect for their efforts in taking the body to greater heights, while also assuring the newly elected executives that the body will consolidate on the achievements of the outgoing executives.”
“I appreciate the good work the President is doing in the international secretariat at the
international level. We appreciate what you have been doing so far. At this point, I cannot but appreciate the President-Elect; we are very proud in Africa of your achievements; we are very proud of what you have been doing in over two decades in Africa to take us to the level that we are now and we will continue to appreciate you.”I will want to assure you that with your
appointment as the President-Elect, and subsequently International President; Africa is in it together with you”, he said.
While in NIMASA, as a Director, Ibrahim Jibril” supervised the Maritime Capacity Building, Corporate
Planning & Statistics, Administration and Human Resources, Reform Coordination and Strategic Management and Maritime Labour Services Departments. He is a long-standing Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Chartered Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Fellow of the Institute of Supervision and Leadership, and Companion of the Nautical Institute (CNI), London.”
The CILT African forum is a major continental event for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, International, organized annually and rotated among African member countries. The Africa Forum provides a platform for Governments, Individuals, Students, and Corporate Organisations to share, learn and promote professional and business interests.
The event had in attendance world-renowned global industry experts, speakers, business leaders, ministers, policymakers, and over seven hundred (700) delegates from across Africa and beyond had in attendance president“CILT International, Paul Sainthouse incumbent CILT President, Mrs. Mfom Usoro, former Vice President, CILT, Capt. Anthony Onoharigho Ph.D,” among other
notable Nigerians and transport/logistics experts/stakeholders from Africa Capt. Onoharigho for instance, described Ibrahim Jibril” as an exceptional” leader and accomplished transportation expert. He noted”‘ “Jibril’s emergence as the International Vice President and Chairman of CILT Africa, is an image booster for CILT Nigeria,” Africa” and the world at large as the globe stands to benefit immensely from his vast knowledge in logistics, transportation as well as from his leadership capacity.” When you talk about logistics and transport, he is a technocrat. Talk of professionalism and leadership, you can’t take any from him. I wish him a very successful tenure. Capt Onoharigho stated.
For Onoharigho whose Conarina Maritime Academy located in Abraka, Delta state, is believed to be one of the few maritime academies that train maritime personnel for the maritime and allied industries in Nigeria, his presence in Rwanda shows that he has a good working relationship with Jubril as his vice. How this will translate to bigger assignments for both men remains to be seen.