Lagos - Dr Chris Asoluka, Chairman, Oil and Gas Free
Zone Authority, Onne, has called on the Federal Government to raise
international competitiveness of Nigeria to boost inflow of foreign
Asoluka made the call at the second Induction Ceremony and Fellowship
Investiture of the African Centre for Supply Chain on Thursday in
He said that this could be achieved through a national logistics strategy.
Asoluka said that national competitiveness in local and international
trade would enable the country to determine it logistics performance
He said that Nigeria was ranked 93 in competitiveness by World Bank
and the country’s position was due to its poor logistics policy.
“The national logistics strategy is expedient because it is all about low service cost and high customer service.
“The achievement of 24-hour cargo clearance at the ports is not the
only solution to the problem of logistics in Nigeria because the access
roads are still an eyesore.
"There are other issues that need attention like ease of
international shipments, logistics competence, tracking capabilities,
domestic logistics costs, timeliness and consistency,” Asoluka said.
Obiora Madu, a director in the authority, said that the logistics sector required urgent attention in time of emergencies.
According to Madu, our logistics preparedness in time of emergency is insufficient both in transport and other emergencies.
“A way by which this can be fostered is by enlisting logistics and
supply chain management at degree levels and not just at Masters level
in Nigerian universities.
“We appeal to stakeholders and the government to align policies for
the growth of this sector to boost foreign direct investment and local
trade transactions,” he said.