Courier and Logistics Management Institute (CLMI) is raising the bar of harnessing talents through partnerships with the Netherlands and indigenous higher institutions of learning to offer Diploma/Degree Certifications in Courier, Logistics, Transport and Management.
Aside the Diploma Certification (ND & HND) that would be awarded by the Polytechnics; the partnering Universities will offer Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree Certifications in Courier, Logistics & Management, and Courier & Transport respectively, after a five year period.
It seemingly appears that no foreign or indigenous Diploma/Degree awarding institution offers a Quadruple course (Logistics, Courier, Transport and Management) in a single program, a feat which has been described as by many as unique.
In a keynote address at the Investiture/Book Presentation organised by CLMI, the Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdu-Rheem Adebayo Shittu, described the Institute’s moves as trail-blazing hence this is first of its kind across the globe.
The Minister puts this in perspective: “What we are seeing today has never happened in the world before, and the institute has done well by putting up such an initiative aimed at bridging the knowledge gap in the Logistics sector”
While delivering his keynote, Shittu applauded the Institute for providing leadership amongst organizations that constitute the Nigerian Postal Service System Ecosystem.
He noted: “I must at this point commend the promoters of this Institute, as the Institute will not only promote professionalism and train manpower for the industry but will also breed entrepreneurs who will create jobs for Nigerians.
He described what the Institute is doing as alignment with the ICT strategic roadmap and agenda of the present government which empowers job creation and development.
“It is hoped that an Institute of this nature would be able to carry out effectively substantial research in the postal sector, thereby enhancing efficiency, growth and compete in the global space.”
The Minister was conferred and honoured as the Grand Patron by the Chairman’s Institute, Dr. Simeon Emeje who also took time to induct new members and present awards to the Netherland partners who graced the event.
Dr. Simon Emeje said the Institute has launched a unique product that has four dimensions; Logistics, Courier, Transport and Management, explaining that the four dimensions govern all aspects of human life; hence each dimension is undoubtedly connected to human activity.
“Some people might be questioning the rationale behind fusing the four courses. I tell you, Courier, Logistics, Transport and Management are key to national development. No higher institution of learning does this, the closest is on Logistics and Transport. We are here to fill that gap.”
“For instance, Courier – we are talking about time management which goes beyond delivering parcels. Time management conditions your mind to carry out an activity within a limited time, and that’s a critical area in our lives.
“Further, Management entails control, directing and making adequate decisions that will harness resources for favourable results. In Transport, after you have put all these together, you need to move them- the network of distribution of the product from one place to another. These are strategic areas of every human life.”
Dr. Simeon harped on the program curriculum which would see prospective students obtain Degrees, as well as the partnership between the Institute and the Netherlands.
His words: “We have gone further to collaborate with some indigenous Universities and the Netherlands, this is simply because of what the Institute has done.
There is a curriculum developed by the Institute and we are are currently fine-tuning it with our partners from Netherlands to ensure that Degree programs are offered in other institutions in Nigeria, that’s one of the reasons why they are here.”
“These people are not here for nothing, if they haven’t seen what the Institute is doing, they wouldn’t be here. They are also going to help us strike further collaborations with other universities in Nigeria.
He added: Already, we have perfected plans with some of our partnering Polytechnics and Universities, they will offer Diploma; Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Courier & Logistics Management and Courier, Transport and Management respectively.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman believes that the Logistics industry in Nigeria is worth trillions of Naira but still struggling to harness its potentials, however, optimistic that the Institute would live up to its billings in no distant time.
“This is a very serious industry worth trillions of Naira and not up to twenty of it has been tapped. And we as an Institute want to make it happen and this will further trigger investors to come.
The Institute is targeting at least one million entrepreneurs in the next two years. What this means is that, if the Institute trains one million entrepreneurs they would have capacity to employ at least three persons who will be involved in Logistics, Courier, or Transport.
As a matter of fact, all of these would amount to 3 million jobs, and we are determined to supporting the Federal Government on job creation,” he said.