The Vertically Integrated Logistic Approach (VILA) Procurement Working Group of the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has passed a vote of confidence in the management of the University of Lagos, to facilitate and host online trainings, researches and capacity building workshops especially for senior and executive cadre officers of reputable institutions within and beyond Nigeria.
The Vertically Integrated Logistic Approach (VILA) Procurement Working Group is a bilateral programme between the government of the United States of America and the Nigerian Defence Headquarters. Its mandate is to research logistic issues and monitor the effectiveness of solutions.
The team led by Rear Admiral James Oluwole (Rtd), during its work trip to the University of Lagos on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, said its mission is to seek collaboration in its efforts to develop a workable curriculum to improve the education and training of personnel conducting defence procurement.
Rear Admiral Oluwole (Rtd) noted that the team’s working visit to UNILAG is based on expert advice from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) due to UNILAG’s record of existing training facilities in several topics relevant to Defence Procurement.
The 5-member VILA Procurement Team paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos: Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe FAS who assured them of the readiness and capability of the University of Lagos to meet and surpass the expectations of the team in terms of infrastructure and human resources.
The VILA Procurement Team visited the Human Resources Development Centre of the University of Lagos where they were received and conducted round facilities by the Executive Director, University of Lagos Business School; Professor Abraham Osinubi.
Prof. Osinubi used the avenue to reel out recent feats that came the way of the UNILAG Business School which includes its recognition by the African Business School based in South-Africa, the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Business Graduate Association based in London.
The team also visited the administrative office of the University of Lagos Business School Centre where they participated in an online conference, the Centre for Sustainable Procurement, Environment and Social Standards headed by Dr James Akanmu and the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Research Centre headed by Dr Taiwo Ipaiye.
They were accorded a facility tour and insights into what the University of Lagos has to offer in terms of trainings, research and core academic programmes in Procurement.