SAHCO WINS GROUND HANDLNG CONTRACT FOR TAAG-ANGOLA

Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC, (SAHCO) has once again been chosen as the preferred Ground Handling partner for TAAG-Angola Airlines.

TAAG-Angola, which commenced operations into Lagos, Nigeria on Monday, 16th of December, 2019 is the national airline of Angola that operates an all-Boeing fleet, the airline will be flying twice a week from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

SAHCO will be responsible for its Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo services and warehousing and other aviation related activities. This again has proved that SAHCO is preferred when it comes to Aviation Ground Handling in Nigeria, offering safe, speedy and efficient services to all its clients.

This new addition to the notable clients that is being handled by SAHCO is a testimony that indeed clients will gravitate to the best and this is a further testament of the endorsement of the expertise, professionalism, efficiency and business integrity of the company.

SAHCO which is both European RA3 and IATA ISAGO certified and present in all the commercially operated airports in Nigeria, has had to expand its export custom bonded warehouse in the Lagos Airport due to the influx of business to this ultra-modern warehouse, is also a recipient of massive deployment of ultra-modern equipment to all its stations nationwide all in a bid to continually provide world class services to clients and would be clients.

Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC with its team of dedicated and expert workforce is involved in all activities that take place from when an aircraft chocks-on to when it takes off; these include but not limited to Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Training Services, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services.

UANSOHIA VANESSA ADETOLA (MRS),
MANAGER, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS,
SKYWAY AVIATION HANDLING COMPANY PLC (SAHCO),
MOBILE: +2348060758584.
E-MAIL:uansohia.vanessa@sahcoplc.com.

SAHCO CHAIRMAN NAMED AIR TRANSPORT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR


The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC, Dr (Barr) Taiwo Afolabi has been named the Air Transport Personality of the year during the 10th Nigerian Aviation Awards (NIGAV) 2019 at the Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos State.
The NIGAV Awards which is tagged Nigeria’s most prestigious air transport development award has become the benchmark for excellence in promoting healthy competition and rewarding best practices, the event was well attended by the crème de la crème of the aviation industry amongst whom are the Captains and Heads of the Aviation Parastatals, Airlines, Ground Handling companies, reputable icons of the aviation industry.
The award was presented to Dr (Barr) Taiwo Afolabi (MON) for making immense contribution to the aviation industry through his notable investment and leadership excellence. Since Dr Afolabi through the SIFAX Group bought SAHCO from the Federal Government in 2009, with his remarkable business acumen he grew the worth of the company to triple its value before it was listed in the Nigerian Stock Market in 2019.
Due to Dr Afolabi’s enabling capacity and unique leadership skill, SAHCO’s unmotivated workforce has become one of the most hardworking dedicated staff of the clime and the company that was struggling to survive has grown to be a beautiful bride that has made the Bureau of Public Enterprise to continually show it off as a model of how successfully privatized companies should be.
SAHCO, courtesy of Dr Afolabi’s empowering ambience, boasts of the best ultra-modern warehouse in West Africa and stands tall as one of the best in Africa, owns fleets of state-of-the-art equipment, an engineering and maintenance team that has developed Ground support Equipment using locally sourced materials which is the first in the country and many more. SAHCO has been able to transition successfully to a Public Liability Company, witnessing an influx of new clients, expanding to all the commercially operated airports in Nigeria. All these would not have been possible if not for the leadership and support of the amiable Dr Afolabi as he sits as Chairman of the Board of Directors in SAHCO.
Dr Afolabi who is a man of many parts is also the Vice Chairman of SIFAX Group. The SIFAX Group is a conglomerate that is poised at building a sustainable, customer-centric business that optimizes stakeholder value. SIFAX Group which is a multinational corporation with diverse interests in Aviation, Maritime, Haulage and logistics, Oil and Gas, Hospitality and Financial Services also maintains offices in Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the United States.
In his welcome address at the event, Fortune Idu , the Managing Director and Chairman of NIGAV said “NIGAV is aimed at promoting All-Round aviation development and capacity building, projecting the aviation industry for investment and business development, to create a check process that has helped maintain a balance between operational efficiencies, industry, vibrancy and service delivery.
The Managing Director/CEO of SAHCO, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, who represented Dr Taiwo Afolabi at the event expressed Dr Afolabi’s gratitude for the recognition. Dr Afolabi went on to say that SAHCO is poised to partner for progress in both the development of the country and the aviation industry in particular. He emphasized that the only way to bring the expected change in the aviation industry is to see, say and do something that it is in doing that we would have the positive change we desire.

Adetola Vanessa Uansohia (Mrs.)
Manager, Corporate Communications
Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC
E-MAIL: uansohia.vanessa@sahcoplc.com
16th of December, 2019

Tourism Minister of South Africa, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane Meets With Stakeholders In Lagos

Tourism Minister of South Africa, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, visited Nigeria to interact with South African Tourism tour operators, media and broad stakeholders at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos.

Kubayi-Ngubane served briefly as the Minister of Communications in 2017 up until February 2018, when she was announced as Minister of Science and Technology. Following the May 2019 elections, she was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the Minister of Tourim.

The minister’s visit to Nigeria was an opportunity to meet with the stakeholders to share whatever issues they might be facing with the hope of finding lasting solutions to some challenges and also discuss the increase of international tourist arrivals to South Africa.

The programme of the day was directed by the deputy high commissioner of South Africa, Bobby Monroe who appreciated guests for taking out time to welcome the Minister of Tourism. He mentioned the relationship between South Africa and Nigeria government has strengthened since President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa where he and Ramaphosa discussed political cooperation and trade and Buhari met with members of the Nigerian business community and took part in a Nigerian-South African business forum.

The minister mentioned that there was a great need to advance bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa in the creative industry to achieve remarkable success for the two nations and the African continent. The minister said South Africa regretted the tensions experienced in the last couple of months, acknowledging that such attacks had happened in the past and the authorities had taken steps to ensure it was not repeated. “I want you all to know that South Africa is open for visitors from Nigeria and other parts of the world as against insinuations by many that the country is repelling visitors,” she said

Considering Nigeria as one of South Africa’s biggest market after China and India, Kubayi-Ngubane positioned South Africa as a destination of choice for West Africans who would like to travel for business, leisure and other related activities. According to her, Nigeria is an important source market to South Africa as it ranks as one of the top three countries after India and China, she also made mention that President Cyril Ramaphosa had given a directive to the tourism ministry to woo in a bid to double domestic arrivals to over 21million by 2030

South Africa is committed to strengthening partnerships and driving collaborations that will help forge a stronger cultural exchange between the people of these two West African (Ghana and Nigeria) countries and the people of South Africa that’s why from the first quarter of 2020, people intending to travel to South Africa can apply for a visa online. “Ladies and gentlemen, this means that anyone who needs a visa to come to South Africa will be able to do that from the comfort of their homes, apply online and within a few days you get your visa approved,’’ said the minister, Kubayi-Ngubane.

The tourism minister also quashed the news making the rounds that South Africans aren’t welcoming to foreigners especially Nigerians and don’t want them in their country. ‘‘It is not true that South Africans don’t want Nigerians in South Africa. We have ties across Ghana and South Africa. South Africa remains open for visitors, so please visit us,’’ mentioned the minister.

South Africa’s Consul General in Lagos, Mr Darkey Africa said that South Africa is committed to reuniting both nations through a proper exploration of the tourism industry as Nigeria and South Africa must work in purpose to achieve remarkable growth. “We want to see movies where Nigerians and South Africans will collaborate to produce, speaking in their unique and distinct accents to tell the world that we have greater things for the future of the two countries and Africa.” Darkey said.

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