The Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire has asked officials from his ministry to always offer internship placements to students of Victoria University undertaking logistic and transport courses whenever the need arises.
“I want to direct you that students of Victoria University that have chosen to partner with us should be given the opportunity to do internship at the ministry. That is not a question for discussion, it is coming from me,” Bagiire told Wilson Katushabe, commissioner for transport regulation and safety.
The two were presiding over the event where Victoria University in partnership with Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) to launch accredited programs in Logistics and Transport. The event took place at Kabira Country Club recently.
The minister further said the ministry was going to work with Victoria University on CILT programs and other transport related initiatives by encouraging all government MDAs to consider CILT as a vital part for growth of the country.
“We will partner with university to innovate and research; create partnership in terms of providing internship which is part of knowledge transfer and skills enhancement, share opportunities. Transport and logistics are key enablers of economic development and prosperity, the minister explained.
The minister revealed that they are developing a national transport and logistic policy, developing second national multi-sectoral master plan 2020-2040, have formulated a fifteen year master plan for logistics for the northern economic corridor 2015 – 2030 and have also established a logistics unit in the ministry to coordinate development of logistics in the country.
“We are building capacity in transport and logistics through CILT, developed skills needs assessment for the development of transport and logistics sector, have developed a framework to develop a logistics hub, amendment of some of these laws is happening establishment of one stop border posts has also happened and there is improvement of roads, water, air and railways services,” he added.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in the UK is the membership organization for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. It was first established in 1919 and registered as a charity organization and part of the CILT international family with over 33,000 members in countries across the world.
Members of the Institute are involved in the management and design of infrastructure, systems, processes and information flows and in the creation, management and development of effective organisations. The work of members impacts directly on people, society and the environment, on business profitability and economic growth.
Assoc. Prof Krishna N. Sharma the Vice Chancellor of Victoria University expressed happiness to run the professional programs. “The accredited programs are designed by CILT to thoroughly equip participants with ‘street-smart’ tools and skills preparing them to effectively transition from a student mindset to a creative, problem solving and value adding young adult, ready to step into the Logistics and Transport world with enthusiasm, hope and a clear purpose,”
Geoffrey Etyang the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport –Uganda chapter said Victoria University is the 2nd university besides UMI to run these accredited programs and the first to run the Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport.