Sun International Awards Trade Partners in Lagos

Sun International, one of Africa’s largest hospitality, leisure and gaming groups operating about 19 luxury properties including hotels and casinos in Africa and Latin America has awarded its trade partners in Lagos, Nigeria.

Onboard a luxurious boat, cruising along the Lagos shores, exquisite buffet, world class beverage and onboard DJ, Sun International presented awards of recognition to deserving Nigerian partners for their continuous support of ensuring Nigerian travellers relish the wholesome experience of Sun International properties in South Africa.

In the category of Key partners, South African Airways and South African Tourism won the awards while Avantgarde Tours, Diamond and Pearls Travels, 1860 Travels, Tourbrokers International and Aviator Travels won the Top Achievers Award.

Other winners of the Sun International awards include Fidol Trips and Admiral Travels as New Supporters of the Sun International properties with AFRIMA, the promoters of the All Africa Music Awards recognised for Continued Partnership.

Didier Bayeye, Market Manager, West Africa and Indian Oceans, Sun International, while presenting the awards to the Nigerian trade partners mentioned the significance of the win-win partnership between Sun International and the Nigerian trade.

“Nigeria is an important market to Sun International and we are delighted to be working with very passionate people who have contributed immensely in growing our brand, and ensuring Nigerian travellers loyalty to the Sun International properties. From Table Bay in Cape Town, The Maslow in Johannesburg and The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth and the multi award winner resort; Sun City, it has been an appreciable story of Nigerians visiting and wanting to visit more. We owe all these commendable stories to the hard work and dedication of all of you present here.”

“In the coming years, we look forward to a more rewarding partnership with the Nigerian trade with the full assurances of Sun International commitment and support,” Didier added.

Efetobo Awhana, CEO Avantgarde Tours while accepting the Top Achievers award declared Table Bay, Sun International property in Cape Town as his favourite hotel in the world. “I am most delighted to receive this award. I constantly recommend Sun International properties to my clients for the amazing experiences that awaits guests. The Table Bay in Cape Town is no doubt my most favourable hotel in the world!”

Another prominent awardee, Wonuola Lamidi, Co-Founder of Diamond and Pearls Travels praised the efforts of Sun International for recognising the contributions of the Nigeria Trade. She said, “we sell Sun International properties because we are selling a total experience which is beyond just accommodation. There are loads of value add-ons for guests that’s beyond imaginations.”

The Sun International awards brought together a host of the top travel agencies in Nigeria to unwind aboard the Prest cruise ship.

SAHCOL WINS GNPN AWARD AS BEST AVIATION HANDLING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company limited, SAHCOL has been honoured with the Grassroots Newspapers Publishers Network Award, as “Best Aviation Handling Company of the year 2017.”

The award was presented to the Managing Director of SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, in his office, by Comrade Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer of the Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network (GNPN), who represented the National President, Dr. Dan Awana.

Maduike Ifeoma of GNPN presenting a Certificate of excellence to Rizwan Kadri, MD/CEO. SAHCOL

In a brief speech read on behalf of the National President of the Grassroots Publishers Network, in the presence of the Executive Members of GNPN, Southern Council, and Management staff of SAHCOL, the Publishers disclosed that, the award to SAHCOL is special and unique in every sense because it is being presented to a very special Nigeria Company that has proved beyond all doubts that democracy is truly improving the lives of the masses.

Dr. Awana said that, Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network represent the vibrant media constituency of Community Newspaper Practitioners {Publishers}.

According to the President, “our mandate is basically to recognize, promote, celebrate and elevate our distinguished personalities in all spheres of life who have brought fame, glory; honour and unity to Nigeria, while at the same time carry out some investigative reports in order to balance our publications.”

He added that the GNPN also disseminate well-researched information, while bringing the policies and programmes of government to the grassroots that they serve and the challenges of the rural community to the government, stressing that they are the ‘BRIDGE’ between the government and the local masses.

Explaining the reason for the choice of SAHCOL as recipient for the 2017 award, Dr. Dan Awana pointed out that, “SAHCOL was selected by all Grassroots (Community) Newspaper as the ‘Best Aviation Handling Company of the Year 2017’ because of the remarkable changes, improvements & value added to aviation development.”

He said, “SAHCOL is emerging as the most highly regarded and fastest growing ground handling company in Nigeria, slowly and steadily, having undergone and received equipment and facilities that matches with the very best anywhere in the world.”

The MD/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri; Basil Agboarumi, General Manager, Corporate Communications & IT(3rd & 4th from Left), Eseosa Oviawe, Special Assistant to MD/CEO, SAHCOL (1st Right), Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer GNPN, (2nd Left), Maduike Ifeoma, (5th Left), and other Executive Members of the GNPN.

Similarly, the SAHCOL General Manager, Corporate Communications, Basil Agboarumi, was also honoured with an ‘Excellence Media Award Plague’, ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and a Medal, for his “Diligent Service to Humanity, and Outstanding Contributions towards the Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria.”

In his response, the Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, thanked GNPN for finding SAHCOL worthy for the awards, stating that, recognition of this form “tells you that you must be serious to tackle more challenges to come, as the expectations from people become more demanding than before.”

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited is a SIFAX Group IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certified Aviation Ground Handling Company, providing services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services, in all the commercially operated airports across Nigeria.

 

AmuwoGames – The Biggest Community Sports Festival in Amuwo Odofin Ends in Grand Style

The maiden edition of the AmuwoGames tagged AmuwOOOlimpics2017 is done and dusted with the best teams crowned for the year.

After 16 interesting games over a period of one month, we saw various athletes stand on top of the podium to claim the different AmuwoGames titles.

The host team Mile 2 Lions came from behind to win the the overall champions title, with 9 Gold medals, 6 silver medals and 8 Bronze medals, despite their exit from the football competition right from the first day of the games, while the Festac Sharks who beat them at the opening ended up as Champions of the football category after overcoming another strong Mile 2 team – Mile 2 Hawks in the football finals yesterday.

See the final medals table and also details of the winners below:

 

The closing ceremony was a colourful one that ran late into the evening with dignitaries and representatives from the Lagos State Sports COmmission and the Amuwo Odofin Local Government in attendance. Celebrities in attendance also included Lafup the comedian, Sheun Natural of KMR, Run Jozzy and so on.

In his closing remarks, the Chief Organizer of the AmuwoGames and Founder of BizzyBody NG – Mr. Oluwaseun Ayeni described the AmuwoGames as a trail blazing and historic event, being the first of its kind in Nigeria as a whole, and encouraged people all over Nigeria to take a cue and replicate this kind of grass-root community sports initiative through out their localities.

For us, we will be happy to consult with Local governments across Nigeria to replicate these sport festival. Our aim is to replcate this nobel initiative across Nigeria and see the aims of the vision come to life in these places – Communal unity, Talent discovery, sportsmanship and youth development. The AmuwoGames will be held annually, and more versions included in the road-map will be executed as time goes on – He said.

AmuwoGames enjoyed diversity in the participation, as athletes included all genders, many tribes from Nigeria, young and old with age range from 7 to 45 years, and people from different works of life.

SAHCOL TAKES OVER ALLIED AIR AND UPS HANDLING OPERATIONS

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited SAHCOL has again consolidated on its rising profile as the Ground Handling Company of choice in Nigeria by adding Allied Air and United Parcel Service (UPS) to her estimable list of clientele.

The relocation of Allied Air operations to SAHCOL took effect from 2nd October, 2017, making SAHCOL the official Ground Handling partner to the airline’s Ramp and Cargo operations across Nigeria. Allied Air, which commenced operation in 1998 as a Nigerian national flag Cargo Airline carrier, is designated on numerous routes across Africa under the Bi-lateral Services agreement and is the first IOSA certified Cargo Airline in Nigeria.

Additionally, the United Parcel Services (UPS) has moved its cargo warehousing services to SAHCOL, consequently making SAHCOL the hub of UPS consignment warehousing.

UPS, which was founded in 1907, is a package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solution in more than 175 countries and territories worldwide.

The commencement of UPS operation at the SAHCOL warehouse on the 7th of November, 2017, was graced by crème de la crème in the aviation freight/cargo business.

Testimonies from clients who have at various times relocated their businesses to SAHCOL proves that satisfaction gained from doing business with SAHCOL is second to none in the Nigerian Aviation Ground Handling Services.

“CEREMONY TO MARK UPS OPENING OF NEW HUB IN SAHCOL: (L-R) Customs DC Admin, B.Z Adebayo; Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri; Managing Director, UPS, West Africa, Mark Martyn-Fisher; President, UPS, Indian Sub-Continent, Middle East & Africa,Jean-Francois Condamine;& Brokerage Manager, Africa, James Gathira.”

SAHCOL is not resting on it oars, as it is poised to continue to partner with its clients in making Aviation Ground Services in Nigeria be at par with global best practices.

SAHCOL, a member of the SIFAX Group of companies, is an Aviation Ground Handling company, offering services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and Warehousing, Aviation security, Baggage Reconciliation, Crew Bus and Executive Lounge services and other related Ground Handling services; while ensuring that Ground Handling assignment is carried out in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, by deploying appropriate tools.

 

BASIL AGBOARUMI.
General Manager,
Corporate Communications & IT,
Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL)
Email: basilagboarumi@sahcol.com;
Tel: +234(0)8099940600;
Date: 10th November, 2017.

The Biggest Sports Festival in Amuwo Odofin – AmuwoGames berths in Grand Style

AmuwoGames was flagged off by the Local Government Chairman of Amuwo Odofin ably represented by the Vice Chairman – His Excellency, Mr. Segun Idris by lifting the Games torch at about 11:00am yesterday, November 05, 2017.

The torch relay which featured prominent personalities and celebrities in Amuwo Odofin including, Faze, African China, K Peace of Nigerian Idol fame, the Chairman of the Oriade LCDA, Ward councillors, the Festival Town Residents Association President – Mr Sola Fakorede, and other resident association chairmen ended with the final entry into the venue of the opening ceremony with the initiator of the AmuwoGames concept and founder of the BizzyBody NG – Mr. Oluwaseun Ayeni, lifting the torch into the venue at 1:30pm.

Already present at the venue were athletes from different parts of the local government in their colours and the representatives of the sponsor companies which includes Eva Water, Alat, Fero Mobile, Play TV etc. waiting to receive the dignitaries.

 

The ceremony was officially opened by Seun Ayeni with a brilliant speech, highlighting the dreams, challenges and eventual victory of an athlete and comparing it with the conceptualising, planning and eventual success of the AmuwoGames dream, he urged everyone to follow their dreams as see it through to fruition just has he has done with his on this laudable concept.

Seun Ayeni Declares AmwuoGames Open in 2017
Seun Ayeni Declares AmwuoGames Open in 2017

Further remarks were made by the Chairman of the Amuwo Odofin Lcoal Government, and the House of Assembly Representative Member of the Amuwo Odofin Constituency – Honourable Dipo Olorunrinu at the ceremony.

Highlights of the ceremony included ceremonial kickoff of the football match by Honourable Dipo Olorunrinu, and music performance by K Peace, to cheer people of his home zone who are also the hosts of the festival.

The first football match was played between the Festal Sharks and the host team Mile 2 Lions, and this saw the Festal Sharks proceed into the semi finals as they defeated the home team 2 – 1.

Live feeds were broadcasted over social media handles of the AmuwoGames – @AmuwoGames in response to the popular demand of people in diaspora who are really interested in participating in the festive fun.

AmuwoGames will be a uniting factor in our community and it will also serve as a source of talent discovery, as we hope to discover fresh talents from the competition says co-organizer of the AmuwoGames – Mr. Kunle Keshinro. We are sure that people of Amuwo-Odofin will have a nice time this November, as the games run through, and we hope other communities emulate us in the future to build grassroot sports and the youths in general, he said, as he anchored the ceremony.

The AmuwoGames festival is endorsed and supported by the Lagos State Sports Commission, and will run through all the weekends in November – from November 4 -26. The festival highlights and live feeds can be followed @AmuwoGames on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on the official website of the games – AmuwoGames.com.