2023: Association tasks aspirants on ‘sick’ logistics supply chain

“With Nigeria’s 2023 general election fast approaching, it is unfortunate that addressing the issues in the country’s logistics supply chain is not forthcoming from any of the political gladiators,” he said.

 

The African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) on Tuesday said that the country’s logistics supply chain management was in urgent need of effective remedial measures.

Mr Godfrey Nwosu, Chairman, APFFLON Tin-Can Island Port Chapter, in a statement in Lagos declared the country’s logistics supply chain management system as ‘sick’.

Nwosu said that the country’s logistics supply chain challenges should form part of political gladiators agenda.

“With Nigeria’s 2023 general election fast approaching, it is unfortunate that addressing the issues in the country’s logistics supply chain is not forthcoming from any of the political gladiators,” he said.

Nwosu urged the electorate to judge the capacity of each of the aspirants or candidates mainly by their respective proffered workable solutions to the country’s lingering logistics supply chain management problems.

“It is baffling that, thusfar, none of the aspirants or candidates for the various seats, including state Houses of Assembly, governorship, National Assembly and the position of President, has publicly enunciated manifestos on enthroneing cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable logistics supply chain management.

“Once Nigeria is able to get it right on the logistics supply chain management front, all other sectors will fall in place for the actualisation of its boundless potential as a great nation.

“For too long, lack of the requisite appropriate logistics supply chain management system in Nigeria has retarded and stunted the nation’s development and progress,” he said.

Nwosu said that Nigeria was in self-denial of the much expected huge investment opportunities the African Continental Free trade Area (AfCFTA) offers the continent by removal of trade barriers.

He noted that inefficient logistics supply chain management system was affecting Nigeria from keying into the AfCFTA aimed at accelerating intra-African trade and boosting Africa’s trading position in the global market.

“Nigeria has suffered needlessly and endlessly from revenue leakages and persisting inflation, among other ills, because it is yet to get logistics supply chain management right.

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“The bane of efficient logistics supply chain management in Nigeria is inexorably linked to the sharp practices by unscrupulous officials of government at the local, state, and federal levels, respectively.

“It is an unfortunate state of affairs that keeps breeding endemic corruption and inefficiency in the system.

“Therefore, as a responsible organisation, APFLLON is compelled to express its very real worries that, as the 2023 general election is fast approaching, none of the aspirants are talking about what their respective plans are for rehabilitating the nation’s ailing logistics supply chain management system,” he said.

He pointed out that Nigeria must get out of the bind of an incompetent system that had held it back for too long.

“APFFLON is all out for interrogating all seeking elective political offices in the 2023 in order to establish their respective positions on this most crucial of matters.

“APFFLON cannot emphasise it enough that the capacity of any particular aspirant or candidate to offer workable solutions to Nigeria’s lingering logistics supply chain management problems must be a big determinant of that aspirant’s or candidate’s suitability for whatever elective position sought.

“The electorate must prioritise resolving the multifarious issues strangulating the system in order to rescue Nigeria wholesomely,” Nwosu said.

He noted that a well negotiated and applied supply chain management system in Nigeria would resolve the discrepancies between the fiscal and monetary policies of government and financial institutions processes and procedures.

 

(NAN)

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