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SAHCO Unveils First Cool Dollies, Air Equipments In Nigeria

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Left-Right: Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/ CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO); Mrs. Omolara Bello, A.G.M, Legal Services and Company Secretary, SAHCO; Engr Toyin Oriowo, A.G.M, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO; Mrs. Adetola Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications at the commissioning of SAHCO's new equipment recently.

Olushola Okunlade Writes 

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC has unveiled the first set of Bombelli Cool Dollies from Italy, yesterday.

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc recently at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos commissioned Cool Dollies which is the first of its kind in West Africa amongst other multi-million naira Ground Support Equipment (GSE) to further augment its services to its clients.

In the quest to continue to serve as the most effective Ground Handling Company in West Africa with the capacity to convey items at specified and required temperatures fitted with the latest technology to adapt the required temperature for any cargo, it is safe to say SAHCO PLC is a gateway for temperature-sensitive cargo.

The Ground Support equipment unveiled by SAHCO includes Cool dollies, Pallet dollies, Pushbacks, Air Conditioning Units (ACUs), water, and toilet bowers.

The three Cool Dollieswhich can be described as Mobile Cold rooms were manufactured by Bombelli a renowned G.S.E. manufacturer from Italy, has the capacity of taking a pallet or two AKE container load of temperature-sensitive shipment from the aircraft to the cold rooms or freezers in the warehouse.

Furthermore, the Cool dollies are equipped with an automatic electric-powered engine that is environmentally friendly and is fitted with data loggers to catalogue the pressure and temperature level of the compartment to protect its contents.

SAHCO Unveils First Cool Dollies, Air Equipments In Nigeria
Left-Right: Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/ CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO); Mrs. Omolara Bello, A.G.M, Legal Services and Company Secretary, SAHCO; Engr Toyin Oriowo, A.G.M, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO; Mrs. Adetola Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications at the commissioning of SAHCO’s new equipment recently.

In addition, at the event, two 45 tonnes Push Backs were commissioned. These which were manufactured by Goldhofer, a German G.S.E manufacturer, have the capacity of pushing back all wide-body aircraft except an A380 aircraft, is user friendly, and are equipped with a tier 4 engine.

Speaking at the unveiling, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, the Managing Director/CEO, SAHCO, said that the new equipment would be added to its arrays of facilities at the airport, explaining that SAHCO believed in the continuous enhancement of facilities and would continue to invest in modern equipment in a bid to satisfy its clients, especially the airlines who he described as a very important segment of its business.

Agboarumi lauded the Board of Directors of SAHCO for giving its approval for the purchase of the equipment but appealed to the Federal Government to also grant the Ground Handling companies customs duty waivers on the acquisition of equipment.

He said: “SAHCO is doing this because we believe in adding values to the environment, we operate in. Despite the current economic challenge in Nigeria, we are doing this at this time. These cool dollies are the first of their type in Nigeria. It can be used for the movement of perishable cargo from cold rooms to airlines and vice versa.

“We also have the Pushbacks, which are the real money-spinners, the ACUs, Water and toilet browsers, which were fabricated by our engineers here in Nigeria. These we do to help reduce the search for foreign exchange, which is always hard to come by. The world is going green and SAHCO as a company is also in compliance with carbon emission.

“This equipment was manufactured in Europe and it’s easier to deliver these to those in Europe without the additional cost of shipping and clearing, but for us, we pay more for the same equipment as we need to pay for shipping and clearing of the equipment at our seaports.”

Also speaking at the occasion, Engr. Toyin Oriowo, the Assistant General Manager, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO, said that all the equipment acquired were carbon emission complaints and stated that the spare parts of the equipment were readily available in the market and commended the Management and Board of SAHCO for acquiring such equipment at this time especially for the support of enabling his team to produce G.S.E from locally sourced materials.

He emphasized that the three Toilet bowsers and two Water bowsers have the capacity of servicing wide-body aircraft, as a result of looking inwards due to the high cost and unavailability of forex that made his team come together to manufacture the G.S.E.

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SAHCO Plc, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi Wins ATQ Awards

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SAHCO Plc, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi Wins ATQ Awards

…As SAHCO receives praise for building and maintaining the biggest and the best cargo warehouse in Nigeria

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) has won Aviation Cargo Investment Award (Warehouse).

This award was presented to SAHCO by African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) Magazine in recognition of SAHCO’s contribution to the growth of the Aviacargo industry in Nigeria through the construction of the biggest ultra-modern Custom bonded cargo warehouse thereby facilitating Cargo Business in the country.

In addition, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, the Chairman of SAHCO and SIFAX Group was also awarded Aviacargo Personality of the year during the event. This award is in recognition of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi’s investment in Ports, Hospitality, Aviation, and Maritime in Nigeria and his exemplary leadership qualities.

SAHCO Plc, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi Wins ATQ Awards
Left-Right: CHINET22 Aviation and Cargo Conference, Organizer, Ikechi Uko; Group Captain John Ojikutu (Rtd); Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO), Managing Director/ CEO, Basil Agboarumi at the event.

Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, who was represented by the Managing Director/ CEO of SAHCO said he is quite humbled by the award and he emphasized that he will continue to contribute his quota through the SIFAX Group to ensure that SIFAX Group continues to raise the bar where excellence is expected.

Speaking during the award presentation at the CHINET22 Aviation and Cargo Conference in Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Publisher/Organiser of the event, Ikechi Uko praised SAHCO for building and maintaining the biggest and the best cargo warehouse in Nigeria thereby promoting both import and export through the facility while rendering topnotch Ground Handling services in accordance to international standards.

While accepting the awards, the Managing Director/CEO, Basil Agboarumi said SAHCO is consistently committed to delivering quality services even in the face of challenges, he thanked the event Organizer and Management of ATQ Quarterly for recognizing SAHCO and the Chairman’s significant investments and contributions to the Nigerian economy. He promised that SAHCO will continue to invest in modern facilities to ensure speedy, safe, and efficient services to provide quality Ground Handling Services consistently to clients across all the commercial airports in Nigeria.

He went on to emphasize that SAHCO is the only Ground Handling Company in Nigeria that owns Cool Dollies which are used to convey temperature-sensitive shipment from the aircraft to the Cold Rooms or Freezers in the Warehouse, where the Cold Rooms and Freezers are equipped with Data Loggers that are used to ensure that there is no drop in temperature to avoid denaturing of the contents.

Similarly, SAHCO has invested immensely in electrically powered equipment to prevent Carbon Oxide emissions to the atmosphere, these new fleets are also fitted with proximity sensors which slow down and eventually shuts down the engine of the equipment as they approach the aircraft at a certain distance to ensure that no aircraft is damaged while being serviced.

SAHCO is a Publicly Listed Aviation Ground Handling Service provider that is present in all the commercially operated Airports in Nigeria and is involved in activities that include Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and Warehousing, Aviation Security, VIP Lounge services amongst other aviation-related services.

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SAHCO Reaffirms Its Continuous Support For NDLEA On War Against Drugs

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…SAHCO boasts of well-trained, equipped staff – Agboarumi

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Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) has declared its continuous support for Nigeria’s fight against the peddling of controlled substances.

The Managing Director/CEO of SAHCO, Basil Agboarumi stated that SAHCO boasts of well-trained staff that is equipped to know what to look out for according to world best practices before accepting Cargo and are also trained to be cooperative with Government agencies like The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) assigned to SAHCO’s Import and Export warehouses.

In a statement released by SAHCO Spokesperson, Mrs. Uansohia, Vanessa Adetola stated that Agboarumi also reiterated that SAHCO, which is a major gateway to Import and Export in Nigeria has one of the best warehouses in West Africa and these warehouses are Customs bonded. The warehouses which are built with the latest technology are constructed with the customers’ best interest at heart and also for the purpose of maintaining our clients’ trust by ensuring that clients of questionable businesses are not allowed to use SAHCO’s warehouses as gateways for their nefarious activities.

He emphasized that SAHCO has a campaign titled “See Something, Say Something, Do Something” where all staff is trained to always call attention to unscrupulous activities and crooked acts.

He stressed that SAHCO has a long-time commitment to supporting Government agencies that are stationed at every point where SAHCO conducts businesses by giving them unhindered access to every nook and crannies of both Import and Export Warehouses, providing the necessary scanning machines and other screening technologies to support NDLEA and other Government agencies operations.

SAHCO is an aviation ground handling public liability company that is involved in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo handling and warehousing, VIP Lounge services, Aviation security services, and all other aviation-related activities.

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SAHCO Appoints Two New Non-Executive Directors

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SAHCO Appoints Two New Non-Executive Directors

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Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc has appointed two new non-Executive Directors, this was announced during the company’s 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Marriott Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos.  

Laila Jean St. Matthew-Daniel and Dr. Bukola Bello Jaiyesimi were appointed to replace Barrister Chike Ogeah and Mr. Ariyo Olutoye who resigned their appointments in January 2022.

SAHCO Appoints Two New Non-Executive Directors
Mrs. Laila St. Mattew Daniel.

Laila Jean St. Matthew-Daniel started her schooling at Our Lady of Apostles in Lagos, she went on to St Louis Grammar School, Ibadan, for her “O” Levels, and then Queens College, for her ‘A’ Levels, before going to the United Kingdom (UK) for graduate studies at the Cripplegate Institute/London Guildhall University. She began her career in the corporate world in the UK, and later Nigeria, before boldly taking the entrepreneurial step in 1983, by opening one of the ‘first’ indigenous Furniture Manufacturing companies, during the 1980s as a result of the Government’s ban on the importation of furniture.

As one of the premier female furniture manufacturers in the early 80’s to early ’90s, she initialized private training programs for artisans in the furniture industry to boost the Governments’ National Directorate of Employment’s empowerment efforts and pioneered seminars for public enlightenment on the relationship between stress and furniture ergonomics apart from winning various awards for unique designs. She coordinated interior fix-outs from conceptualisation, implementation, FF&E & execution of residential, Corporate & hotel projects and has won various awards for unique designs.

SAHCO Appoints Two New Non-Executive Directors
Dr. Bukola Bello Jaiyesinmi.

Dr. Bukola Bello Jaiyesimi Is an avowed Pan-Africanist, lobbyist, and developmental and legacy strategist with a passion for mankind and institutional development. She started her academic journey in 1982 at St Luke’s Model School, Lokoja, she proceeded to Command Secondary School, Kaduna in 1988.

Dr. Bukola Bello Jaiyesimi gained admission into the University of Abuja where she bagged a Diploma in Banking and Finance in 1995.

She relocated to study in Canada in 1998 and proceeded to Queens School of Business, Ontario, Canada, and graduated with a BSC in Marketing in 2001.  She went further to the London School of Business and Finance, UK and she graduated with MBA in Entrepreneurship at The Institute of Transformative Thoughts and Learning Doctoral Research Centre (ITTL-DRC). She is also a recipient of the following; Metropolitan Institute of Business and Management – Special Executive Masters in International Business Law (LLM)-2013, CGUI, Boston, Massachusetts – Doctoral Research 2017, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, United Kingdom – Diploma in Public Relations 2018.

Furthermore, in her quest for excellence, she has so far authored 3 books, mentored a myriad of persons and institutions across the continent of Africa, and holds regular seminars, meetings, retreats as well as training and institutional program reviews. She has won many awards both locally and internationally and across different sectors.

With this new appointment, SAHCO has once again demonstrated its commitment to building a diversified Board, Management Team, and staff with expertise that spans industry circles to cater to its growing list of clientele is a public listed Aviation Ground Handling company that is involved in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and all other aviation Ground Handling related services.  

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