Zaria (Kaduna State) – Dr Aminu Musa-Yusuf, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), said the institute was collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address logistics challenges facing the commission.
Musa-Yusuf said this at the opening of a three-day training programme on “logistics operations management’’ for officials of INEC on Monday in Zaria
Musa-Yusuf, who was represented by the Director of Transport School, Dr Abimbola Udomusu, said logistics was a critical element for the smooth and successful conduct of elections.
“NITT considers this course as an important one because logistics planning components of INEC’s operations is vital to the success of the exercise.
“Logistics ensure that equipment and personnel among other things are put in place well ahead of time, apart from moving them to where they are needed for successful election.
“Election of whatever nature requires adequate planning and preparation, especially the logistics aspect of the programme,’’ he said.
He observed that it was the responsibility of stakeholders from time to time to consider how they would contribute to empower INEC, to enable it to carry out its mandate successfully.
“NITT has chosen the path of increasing the capacity and capability of INEC officials to enable them to develop strategies for solving electoral challenges, particularly in the area of logistics.
“The institute is not a stranger to the intimidating challenges that INEC faces in the course of administering elections in Nigeria,’’ Musa-Yusuf said.
Earlier, the Director, Logistics and Operations, Mr Kayode Oladimeji, said the essence of the training was to make staff of INEC more effective and efficient in service delivery.
“We have brought our logistics officers from all the states offices of the federation with a view to ensuring that they get necessary knowledge on logistics.’’
Oladimeji said after the training, the participating officers would pass the acquired knowledge to their colleagues at the state level as part of efforts by the commission to ensure successful elections in Nigeria. (NAN)